Monday, June 20, 2011


Love's the boy stood on the burning deck
trying to recite "The boy stood on
the burning deck". Love's the son
     stood stammering elocution
     while the poor ship in flames went down.

Love's the obstinate boy, the ship,
even the swimming sailors, who
would like a schoolroom platform, too
     or an excuse to stay
     on deck. And love's the burning boy.

Elizabeth Bishop