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The First Lowering

from The Best of Call Me Ishmael by Patrick Shea

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Chapter 48: The First Lowering

The more the merrier!
Came out of the heat, and they're pulling beside.
There's noting scarier
Than losing a whale while you pray to the sky.

Those devils are good fellows, too!
You see them row, and the rowing's proof!

Break your back on it!
An angry dog with a knife his teeth.
But don't belabor it --
You're nodding off, like a day at the beach.

Now, hail ye, Starbuck, pull aside,
Have you seen such sights in the whole world wide?

Oh, the whales abound and the action's nigh!
With duty, our profits will rise and rise!

Look thee out at the deep, dark blue --
The ocean's looking at each of you!

And now, prepare you
To chase your death to the heart of a storm.
With hearts of caribou
We tarry on, and we're never undone!

Now whale and squall and harpoon are one,
With hope aloft in the setting sun.

(c) and (p) 2009 Patrick Shea


from The Best of Call Me Ishmael, track 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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