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Chapter 63: The Crotch

Not foreshadowing,
I take my time with the details still,
To set the stage.

No complaining!
You need to live every moment of
A whaler's life.

Let's not sully
The great defiance
In every action
With mere description!

Let's prepare you
To construct
The moments as they come,
And I will step aside.

Now imagine
Two harpoons on a single line,
And tossed at sea.

The whale is struggling;
The loose harpoon flaps from side to side
With sharpened steel.

Now imagine
Every boat on a single whale
With loose harpoons.

You're gonna use it.
The image sifts back into your mind
Until the end.

Let's not sully
The great defiance
In every action
With mere description!

Let's prepare you
To construct
The moments as they come,
And I will step aside.

It's not the way
You're used to reading --
I'm aware of it.
Now let me step aside!

(c) and (p) 2008 Patrick Shea

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from The Best of Call Me Ishmael, released March 7, 2012

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Patrick Shea Brooklyn, New York

Patrick is a nerd, a book lover, a math afficianado, an Ishmael, and an Ahab. He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. He grew up in Portland, OR; and has also lived in Grinnell, IA (for college); and Austin, TX.

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