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First Line: Two women on the lone wet strand
Last Line: (and heaven on the long reach home.)
Subject(s): Sea; Grief; Ocean; Sorrow; Sadness


Two women on the lone wet strand
(The wind's out with a will to roam)
The waves wage war on rocks and sand,
(And a ship is long due home.)

The sea sprays in the women's eyes --
(Hearts can writhe like the sea's wild foam)
Lower descend the tempestuous skies,
(For the wind's out with a will to roam.)

"O daughter, thine eyes be better than mine,"
(The waves ascend high as yonder dome)
"North or south is there never a sign?"
(And a ship is long due home.)

They watched there all the long night through --
(The wind's out with a will to roam)
Wind and rain and sorrow for two, --
(And heaven on the long reach home.)





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