Wednesday, March 15, 2006

fatalistic fish

By Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1817

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

sleep well my fishies and
dream of large sandcastles.

4 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

That may be my first Shelley ever...very interesting. And I did sleep well, thank you!

10:11 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

i would almost believe that you are a Shelly-vigin - except I know you read too much not to have read his wife's harrowing tale of Frankenstein...

10:55 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

sigh...i love that poem. it's so true.

"Poet of Nature, thou hast wept to know
That things depart which never may return:
Childhood and youth, friendship, and love's first glow,
Have fled like sweet dreams, leaving thee to mourn.
These common woes I feel. One loss is mine
Which thou too feel'st, yet I alone deplore.
Thou wert as a lone star whose light did shine
On some frail bark in winter's midnight roar:
Thou hast like to a rock-built refuge stood
Above the blind and battling multitude:
In honoured poverty thy voice did weave
Songs consecrate to truth and liberty.
Deserting these, thou leavest me to grieve,
Thus having been, that thou shouldst cease to be."

11:17 AM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I should have been more specific in stating that it was my first taste of Master Shelley's work...I have of course partaken of the fruits of dear Mary...but only recently. I think its only been a little over two years since I first read Frankenstein.

3:56 PM  

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