Jay Macpherson, Poems Twice Told: The Boatman & Welcoming Disaster (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1981): 41.
1No man alone an island: we
2Stand circled with a lapping sea.
3I break the ring and let you go:
4Above my head the waters flow.
5Look inward, love, and no more sea,
6No death, no change, eternity
7Lapped round us like a crystal wall
8To island, and that island all.
The Boatman (Toronto: Oxford, 1957).
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