The Right Whale's Head -- Contrasted View

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Chapter 75: The Right Whale's Head -- Contrasted View

We're all in the whale's mouth,
Swallowed whole by a sullen pout --
The king of the ocean,
With stoic emotion.

Hey! Look at all the oil we got!
Hey, hey, hey! The tongue and lip and blanket's off!
And ladies, hey ladies!, here's a little savagery for you --
Not a little savagery.

Step in this mouth;
It's twelve feet tall. (Oh, no, no, twelve feet tall!)
Pipe organ bones,
So worshipful. (Oh, oh, oh worshipful.)
It's the teepee of an Indian;
I swear I'll never sin again!

Hey! Look at all the oil we got!
Hey, hey, hey! Order in the sea's chaos!
And ladies, hey ladies!, here's a little savagery for you --
Oppressive little savagery!
And ladies, hey ladies!, here's a little savagery for you --
Not a little savagery.

It's the teepee of an Indian;
I swear I'll never sin again!

Hey! Look at all the oil we got!
Hey, hey, hey! Order in the sea's chaos!
And ladies, hey ladies!, here's a little savagery for you --
Oppressive little savagery!
And ladies, hey ladies!, here's a little savagery for you --
Not a little savagery.

(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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