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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Robert Graves. 1895–
 
176. I Wonder What It Feels Like to be Drowned?
 
LOOK at my knees, 
That island rising from the steamy seas! 
The candle's a tall lightship; my two hands 
Are boats and barges anchored to the sands, 
With mighty cliffs all round;         5
They're full of wine and riches from far lands.... 
I wonder what it feels like to be drowned? 
  
I can make caves, 
By lifting up the island and huge waves 
And storms, and then with head and ears well under  10
Blow bubbles with a monstrous roar like thunder, 
A bull-of-Bashan sound. 
The seas run high and the boats split asunder.... 
I wonder what it feels like to be drowned? 
  
The thin soap slips  15
And slithers like a shark under the ships. 
My toes are on the soap-dish—that's the effect 
Of my huge storms; an iron steamer's wrecked. 
The soap slides round and round; 
He's biting the old sailors, I expect....  20
I wonder what it feels like to be drowned? 
 
 
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