Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

The Man-O-War Hawk - Poem by Herman Melville

Yon black man-of-war-hawk that wheels in
the light
O'er the black ship's white sky-s'l, sunned
cloud to the sight,
Have we low-flyers wings to ascend to his
height?
No arrow can reach him; nor thought can
attain
To the placid supreme in the sweep of his
reign.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010



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