The World Below The Brine


  THE world below the brine;
  Forests at the bottom of the sea--the branches and leaves,
  Sea-lettuce, vast lichens, strange flowers and seeds--the thick
  tangle, the openings, and the pink turf,
  Different colors, pale gray and green, purple, white, and gold--the
  play of light through the water,
  Dumb swimmers there among the rocks--coral, gluten, grass, rushes--
  and the aliment of the swimmers,
  Sluggish existences grazing there, suspended, or slowly crawling
  close to the bottom,
  The sperm-whale at the surface, blowing air and spray, or disporting
  with his flukes,
  The leaden-eyed shark, the walrus, the turtle, the hairy sea-leopard,
  and the sting-ray;
  Passions there--wars, pursuits, tribes--sight in those ocean-depths--
  breathing that thick-breathing air, as so many do;
  The change thence to the sight here, and to the subtle air breathed
  by beings like us, who walk this sphere; 10
  The change onward from ours, to that of beings who walk other
  spheres.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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