The Launch
Forth, to the alien gravity,
Forth, to the laws of ocean, we,
   Builders on earth by laws of land,
   Entrust this creature of our hand
Upon the calculated sea.
Fast bound to shore we cling, we creep,
And make our ship ready to leap
   Light to the flood, equipped to ride
   The strange conditions of the tide—
New weight, new force, new world: the Deep.
Ah thus—not thus—the Dying, kissed,
Cherished, exhorted, shriven, dismissed;
   By all the eager means we hold
   We, warm, prepare him for the cold,
To keep the incalculable tryst.

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Created April 9, 2001; not revised.