William Morris Meredith Jr. (January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007 / New York City)
''Oh, there are people, all right, settled in the sea;William Meredith (b. 1919), U.S. poet. The Open Sea (l. 4-6). . . Moods of the Sea; Masterworks of Sea Poetry. George C. Solley and Eric Steinbaugh, comps. (1981) Naval Institute Press.
It is as populous as Maine today,
But no one who will give you the time of day.''
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Going abruptly into a starry night
It is ignorance we blink from, dark, unhoused;
There is a gaze of animal delight
Before the human vision. Then, aroused
To nebulous danger, we may look for easy stars,
Orion and the Dipper; but they are not ours,
These learned fields. Dark and ignorant,
Unable to see here what our forebears saw,