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SAIL-BOAT (BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI), by                    
First Line: All day your snowy sails, rose marigold
Last Line: With music of a magic ocean shell.
Subject(s): Anchors; Flowers; Marigolds; Sea; Ocean

All day your snowy sails, Rose Marigold,
Have moved against the water's sapphire hue.
As evening falls, you pass beyond my view,
And mists of grey your wraithlike form enfold.
What tropic islands, coral-reefed and old
Await your mystic cargo and your crew?
Will you drop anchor at some rendezvous
Of storied treasure-trove and pirates bold?

My only answer, as you drift away
Is sound of water lapping on the shore --
Mysterious water, with an ancient spell
Recalling caverns -- water nymphs at play
Where Triton stilled the waves' tumultuous roar
With music of a magic ocean shell.

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