Al Que Quiere!/In Harbor

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Al Que Quiere!  (1917) 
William Carlos Williams
In Harbor
Boston: The Four Seas Company pages 20-21

Surely there, among the great docks, is
 peace, my mind;
there with the ships moored in the river.
Go out, timid child,
and snuggle in among the great ships
 talking so quietly.
Maybe you will even fall asleep near
 them and be
lifted into one of their laps, and in the
 morning—
There is always the morning in which to
 remember it all!

Of what are they gossiping? God knows.
And God knows it matters little for we
 cannot understand them.
Yet it is certainly of the sea, of that
 there can be no question.
It is a quiet sound. Rest! That's all
 I care for now.
The smell of them will put us to sleep
 presently.
Smell! It is the sea water mingling here
 into the river—
at least so it seems—perhaps it is some-
 thing else—but what matter?

The sea water! It is quiet and smooth
 here!
How slowly they move, little by little
 trying
the hawsers that drop and groan with
 their agony.
Yes, it is certainly of the high sea they
 are talking.