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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

277. A Paumanok Picture


TWO boats with nets lying off the sea-beach, quite still, 
Ten fishermen waiting—they discover a thick school of mossbonkers—they drop the join’d seine-ends in the water, 
The boats separate and row off, each on its rounding course to the beach, enclosing the mossbonkers, 
The net is drawn in by a windlass by those who stop ashore, 
Some of the fishermen lounge in their boats, others stand ankle-deep in the water, pois’d on strong legs,         5
The boats partly drawn up, the water slapping against them, 
Strew’d on the sand in heaps and windrows, well out from the water, the green-back’d spotted mossbonkers. 


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