Rosemary E. Ommer
Sure, we can study kings and princes,
Watch the sweep of Empire catch
Even this lonely Shore within its grasp:
For dry men in old chambers
Have copied it on parchment for our future eye.
But if we seek to disembark,
If we leave behind the merchant’s brig
(Turn our backs upon her),
Of local men, of living and of dying on this Shore,
Of cooks and servant girls
If we seek to find
The generations of the Strait;
If we try to comprehend
Their interwoven life and land and sea –
Where is the charting...