A Paumanok Picture

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)



TWO boats with nets lying off the sea-beach, quite still,
   Ten fishermen waiting--they discover a thick school of mossbonkers--
         they drop the join'd seine-ends in the water,
   The boats separate and row off, each on its rounding course to the
         beach, enclosing the mossbonkers,
   The net is drawn in by a windlass by those who stop ashore,
   Some of the fishermen lounge in their boats, others stand ankle-deep
         in the water, pois'd on strong legs,
   The boats partly drawn up, the water slapping against them,
   Strew'd on the sand in heaps and windrows, well out from the water,
         the green-back'd spotted mossbonkers.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 14, 2023

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Scheme ABCDBEFBGCB
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 657
Words 104
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 11

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