what story (what ending)

Why then Ile fit you

~

what story
is this

the mariner . . .

the whale . . .

neither

yes
perhaps neither

more
maybe
it is of death

the little death
of a spirit
mortally wounded

more again
perhaps
it is of birth

despite everything

what story
are you hearing
told
in the old
sailor tradition

told
as a toast
at the funeral

spoken
in wonder
at the first glimpse
of a sleeping new-born

sung
as a legendary mystery

by a traveling troubadour
in return for the jangle
of a penny
striking the bottom
of his tin cup

think now
before the imminent end
what story is this
that you
are hearing

~

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