Watson and the Shark

after John Singleton Copley

This is a magical year.
I am Creation's Adam: the beast
is a shark because I call it thusly.

A god takes on the bosun's duties,
and in the well-behaved water
our Grecian hero swoons, short one leg
and gentle as a lamb.

His polite blood stays where we cannot see it.
Men have become much older men.
I have given up hiding my forefathers.

Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

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