Less Lucky Ishmaels

How many tales lay dead
on bloated tongues,
stolen from the page by
shark and lamprey?

What jewels were seen by eyes
gouged and gorged upon
by scything teeth and
pinching claws?

Is vengeance appreciated in the deep?
Do wan-eyed monsters lurk in
black circles,
chittering like furious admirals,
as they tuck in on mislaid limbs?

and

have the whales their own libraries
rippling tunes and cycles
devoted to the ruin
of dubious men?

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