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Cable Ship

We fished up the Atlantic cable betweeen Barbados and Tortuga,
held up our lanterns
and patched over the gash on its back,
fifteen degrees north and sixty-one west.
When we put our ears to the gnawed part
we heard the murmuring of the cable.
One of us said: ‘It’s the millionaires in Montreal and St John´s
discussing the price of Cuban sugar
and the lowering of our wages.’

We stood there long, thinking, in a lantern circle,
we patient cable-fishers,
then lowered the mended cable
back to its place in the sea.

(Modern lyrik/Modern Poetry, 1931)

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About the translation:
Harry Martinson
Robin Fulton
Original language:
Series 3 No.8 - Getting it Across

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Harry Martinson

Original poet

Harry Martinson

Harry Martinson (1904-1978) grew up in Jämshög, Blekinge, in southwest Sweden. When he was six his father died and then his mo...

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Robin Fulton


Robin Fulton

Robin Fulton's first eight collections of poems are out of print: recent poems are scattered in magazines and many have been tr... » Read more


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