Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NATURAL WORLD: 1, by JAMES HARRISON

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First Line: The earth is almost round. The seas
Last Line: For a man to sleep in.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Death; Extinct Animals; Whales; Dead, The

The earth is almost round. The seas
are curved and hug the earth, both
ends are crowned with ice.

The great Blue Whale swims near
this ice, his heart is warm
and weighs two thousand pounds,
his tongue weighs twice as much;
he weighs one hundred fifty tons.

There are so few of him left
he often can't find a mate;
he drags his six-foot sex
through icy waters,
flukes spread crashing.
His brain is large enough
for a man to sleep in.

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