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Cape Foulweather

Vi Gale

The sky. The sky hands clear, a jay's wing,
The name is unjust. The cape is maligned.

The surf. The surf runs flat as a comb.
Was it a sailor who grumbled at sea?

The wind. The wind springs soft, a cattail plume.
The mapmaker's wife, was it she?

No fuss at all. The place is misnamed.
Nothing blows where to be weathered by us.

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"Cape Foulweather" from Odd Flowers & Short-Eared Owls,
Prescott Street Press. Copyright © 1984 by Vi Gale. Reprinted with permission of the author.


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