Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FORGET, by JOSEPH AUSLANDER



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First Line: Let your anchor go whinnying down; it should strike
Last Line: Let your anchor go over!


Let your anchor go whinnying down: it should strike
Deep into some merman's pearl-assaulted skull;
Or -- if you like --
A nereid's throat white as death and as beautiful,
A nereid's hair streaked weed green, rust gold where pike
And inquisitive shark teeth pull.

Forget home and the half-friends; forget the soft mouth
Syllabling lovely treacheries; forget the hollow words,
The dust, the drouth --
Everything! Go with the sulphur wings and the sapphire birds
And the cream curves of the great gulls screaming south
And the whales in wallowing herds!

Forget! Let nothing make you remember; allow
No pale intrigue of roseleaf dust, no pressed clover;
Let no sound now
Haunt your brain with the old crushed cry of the lover;
Forget you ever touched a cool skin, a quiet brow --
Let your anchor go over!





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