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Uploaded on Jan 29, 2008

What Sailors Know

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For Ged's new Granddaughter


There are pinholes in the universe
burning stars of gold
high in the night's blue ceiling
so many a million-fold

The smallest holes imaginable
and millions of miles away
where lights from the yellow heavens shine
in splinters of golden spray

The sailors who made this magic
at sea on a cloudless night
sail home by these golden pinholes
when the moon is their only light

Their charts once pinned with thumb-tacks
their maps to plot the way
they pressed them to the heavens
with prayers to help them stay

When the charts like clouds had softened
they dropped as sleet and snow
but the thumb-tacks left their pinholes
and that's what sailors know
.
. Hay Machine (e)

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