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This poem is taken from PN Review 31, Volume 9 Number 5, May - June 1983.

The Ship of Fools
WHAT happened to the Ship of Fools
  that sailed the winter sea
and to all the clever ones
  that sailed the ship with me?

When the lighthouse of the dark
  led onto a rock
that singing ship, did we sing on
  or did we die of shock?

And what about the sailormen?
  Are they all lying drowned
with question marks hooked in their jaws
  and little fish all round?

Who were all the famous fools
  that sailed our pleasure cruiser
round the world and back again,
  and what was her name? Medusa?

The foolish virgins lay about
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