Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MEMORIES, by CICELY FOX SMITH

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First Line: Ships...They go,' said murphy, 'like a spent pay-roll
Last Line: "an' the times a man remembers . . . They're the best times of all!"
Subject(s): Friendship; Memory; Ships & Shipping; Time

"SHIPS . . . they go," said Murphy, "like a spent pay-roll . . .
They're sunk in the deep water or they're wrecked in the shoal;
Burnt or scrapped in the long run, the big ships an' small, --
An' the ships a man remembers, they're the best ships of all.

"Friends . . . they go," said Murphy, "the false an' the true,
They all go at the finish, the same as the ships do;
They go like a spree that's ended or a last year's song,
But the friends a man remembers, they're his own his life long.

"Times . . . they pass," said Murphy, "the fair and foul weather,
The good times an' the bad times, they all pass together;
Like a steersman's trick that's ended, or a blownout squall . . .
An' the times a man remembers . . . they're the best times of all!"

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