Treasure Island

Eugene O'Neill

(16 October 1888 – 27 November 1953 / New York City)

It's Great When You Get In


They told me the water was lovely,
That I ought to go for a swim,
The air was maybe a trifle cool,
"You won't mind it when you get in"
So I journeyed cheerfully beach-ward,
And nobody put me wise,
But everyone boosted my courage
With an earful of jovial lies.

The Sound looked cold and clammy,
The water seemed chilly and gray,
But I hastened into my bathing suit
And floundered into the spray.
Believe me, the moment I touched it
I realized then and there,
That the fretful sea was not meant for me
But fixed for a polar bear.

I didn't swim for distance
I didn't do the crawl,
(They asked why I failed to reach the raft,
And I told them to hire a hall.)
But I girded my icy garments
Round my quaking limbs so blue,
And I beat it back to the bath house
To warm up for an age or two.

I felt like a frozen mummy
In an icy winding sheet.
It took me over an hour
To calm my chattering teeth.
And I sympathized with Peary,
I wept for Amundsen's woes,
As I tried to awaken some life in
My still unconscious toes.

So be warned by my example
And shun the flowing sea,
When the chill winds of September
Blow sad and drearily.
Heed not the tempters' chatter
Pass them the skeptics' grin
For the greatest bull that a boob can pull
Is "It's great when you get in."

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: september, beach, courage, water, sea, believe, sad, house, swimming, warning, journey, wind

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (It's Great When You Get In by Eugene O'Neill )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Sewing Face, Naveed Khalid
  2. To the Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived, Hayley Lewis
  3. Madness, Naveed Khalid
  4. Vendetta, Naveed Khalid
  5. High School, Hayley Lewis
  6. Lavender, Naveed Khalid
  7. The Old Bell, Martin Hicks
  8. Oldman, Naveed Khalid
  9. Eros, Naveed Khalid
  10. Hyperbole, Naveed Khalid

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the hours of Day are numbered,
And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul, that slumbered,
To a holy, calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are lighted,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

 

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Footsteps of Angels, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. Farewell, Anne Brontë
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]