Thursday, May 16, 2013


Amazing monster! that, for aught I know,
With the first sight of thee didst make our race
    For ever stare! 0 flat and shocking face,
Grimly divided from the breast below!
Thou that on dry land horribly dost go
With a split body and most ridiculous pace,
    Prong after prong, disgracer of all grace,
Long-useless-tinned, haired, upright, unwet, slow!
 0 breather of unbreathable, sword-sharp air,
    How canst exist? How bear thyself, thou dry
And dreary sloth? What particle canst share
    Of the only blessed life, the watery?
I sometimes see of ye an actual pair
    Go by! linked tin by fin! most odiously.
                                                   -Leigh Hunt

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