Come, explore the world of the Great White Whale
That sailors used to know;
Join Starbuck in the dinghy that
Can but gasp in the sea's swirling foam.
Tired? - throw your troubles
On any passer-by!
Try your hand at a Southern boy's trick:
Present your toils as artsy style.
Laugh at the Catbird, cry with 'the boy,'
Feel chills at the black cat's call!
Know the dread of the red-eyed dragon,
Let a feathered thing carry you through all.
My heart is in time with the hoof beats
Of the steed whose feet send sparks.
I gasp at the leaps of Eliza
As across the river she darts.
Dread and anticipation are a strange mix
Watching the court through a child's eyes.
Death of a guiltless man - can it be?
As his helpless widow cries?
There is the green light of Gatsby
And a rose in a Puritan town.
A little girl screams in her cabin
When she hears the mad-dog sound.
Here is the voice of a nation,
The pride of one that is free!
Our tales, our toils, our triumphs,
Passed in gold to our posterity.