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Poetry Pleases: Fisherman's Delight

Caroline Glyn tells of a dozing fisherman who experiences a colourful dream.

Dozing in the sunshine by a pile of nets
This contented creature snores himself
Into a dream rainbow-striped boat; he sets,
Still slumbering, bamboo lobster-pots by which
His head rests. Then, gazing in his dream Through the tortoise-shell water, Fancy wakes.
The water ripples gold, now blue, now green,
Green like glass; and down beyond
Brown rocks lie, like sleeping bear-cubs
Resting; then they stir. The fisherman wakes; Half-sleeping, limps home through a new sea of cigarette stubs.


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