Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida

by George E. Merrick

“Gulf Stream Phosphorescence”

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1920
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Merrick, G. E. (1920). Songs of the wind on a southern shore, and other poems of florida. The Four Seas Publishing Co.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.2
  • Word Count: 115
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: florida stories, poetry
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Now night has encompassed the far-fading sea
Where her garbing of death smother low.
The prow of our ship through the black mystery
Unbares the live silver below.

In the wake of our way a treasure vein gleams:
White cataracts streaming of lights:
And cascading jewels of barbaric dreams:
Old wealth of Arabian Nights’.

And now as I look, star galaxies glow:
—Of universe born for a breath;—
And constellar systems in wild orbits, go
On the instant of birth to their death.

And trillion aged planets above me there are:
Yet, these phosphorous worlds are a sign
That more brief is the span of the longest-lived star,
—Compared with mine.