The Herring Weir

Back to the green deeps of the outer bay
  The red and amber currents glide and cringe,
  Diminishing behind a luminous fringe
  Of cream-white surf and wandering wraiths of spray.
  Stealthily, in the old reluctant way,
  The red flats are uncovered, mile on mile,
  To glitter in the sun a golden while.
  Far down the flats, a phantom sharply grey,
  The herring weir emerges, quick with spoil.
  Slowly the tide forsakes it. Then draws near,
  Descending from the farm-house on the height,
  A cart, with gaping tubs. The oxen toil
  Sombrely o'er the level to the weir,
  And drag a long black trail across the light.

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