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Robert Graves (1895–1985).  Fairies and Fusiliers.  1918.
 
25. I Wonder What it Feels Like to be Drowned?
 
 
LOOK at my knees,
That island rising from the steamy seas!
The candles 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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