Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SEA GODS: 1, by HILDA DOOLITTLE

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SEA GODS: 1, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They say there is no hope
Last Line: Along your ragged beach.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Sea; Ocean

THEY say there is no hope --
sand -- drift -- rocks -- rubble of the sea --
the broken hulk of a ship,
hung with shreds of rope,
pallid under the cracked pitch.
they say there is no hope
to conjure you --
no whip of the tongue to anger you --
no hate of words
you must rise to refute.
They say you are twisted by the sea,
you are cut apart
by wave-break upon wave-break,
that you are misshapen by the sharp rocks,
broken by the rasp and after-rasp.
That you are cut, torn, mangled,
torn by the stress and beat,
no stronger than the strips of sand
along your ragged beach.

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