A Voyage

A VOYAGE

‘Beware, beware their evil song:
they eat your flesh,
they bleach your bones,
you won’t last long.’

His vessel neared an island.
Shimmering calm. Air still.
Enthralling song
across the green sea floating

paralysed his will.

O heaven within his reach,
he felt. And swam for shore.

His fortune waited, lolling on the beach.


from I been there, sort of: New and Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2006), copyright© Mervyn Morris 2006, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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1On Holy Week, a sequence of poems for radio

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2Examination Centre

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3Muse

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4Peelin Orange

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5The Pond

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6Mariners

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7Valley Prince

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8Dadd, Poor Dadd

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9Tutorial

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10Journey into the Interior

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11Cave

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12Windscreen

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13Stripper

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14Shadows

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15Birthdays

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16Literary Evening, Jamaica

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17Toasting a Muse

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19To an Expatriate Friend

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20To the Unknown Non-Combatant

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21Grounation

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22Cabal

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23The Roaches

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24Case-History, Jamaica

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25Nursery

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26Afro-Saxon

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27For Consciousness

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28Jamaica 1979

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29Meeting

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30Data

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31Dreamtime

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32Short Story

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34Moment of Truth

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35Persephone

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36Narcissus

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37A Voyage

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38The Lovers

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39Critic

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40Peacetime

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41Family Pictures

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42Sister

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44Connection

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48In the Garden

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51Casanova

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52North Coast Hotel

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54Proposition One

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55Togetherness

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56Give T'anks

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57Love Is

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58There was a Young Poet

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59Departure Lounge

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60To a Crippled Schoolmaster

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61The Day My Father Died

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62Granny

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63Hey, Ref!

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64Outing

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65Postcard

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71Terminal

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72My Rodney Poem

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75Palimpsest

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76A Chant Against Death

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