Here you will find the Poem O Carib Isle! of poet Harold Hart Crane
The tarantula rattling at the lily?s foot Across the feet of the dead, laid in white sand Near the coral beach?nor zigzag fiddle crabs Side-stilting from the path (that shift, subvert And anagrammatize your name)?No, nothing here Below the palsy that one eucalyptus lifts In wrinkled shadows?mourns. And yet suppose I count these nacreous frames of tropic death, Brutal necklaces of shells around each grave Squared off so carefully. Then To the white sand I may speak a name, fertile Albeit in a stranger tongue. Tree names, flower names Deliberate, gainsay death?s brittle crypt. Meanwhile The wind that knots itself in one great death? Coils and withdraws. So syllables want breath. But where is the Captain of this doubloon isle Without a turnstile? Who but catchword crabs Patrols the dry groins of the underbrush? What man, or What Is Commissioner of mildew throughout the ambushed senses? His Carib mathematics web the eyes? baked lenses! Under the poinciana, of a noon or afternoon Let fiery blossoms clot the light, render my ghost Sieved upward, white and black along the air Until it meets the blue?s comedian host. Let not the pilgrim see himself again For slow evisceration bound like those huge terrapin Each daybreak on the wharf, their brine-caked eyes; ?Spiked, overturned; such thunder in their strain! And clenched beaks coughing for the surge again! Slagged of the hurricane?I, cast within its flow, Congeal by afternoons here, satin and vacant. You have given me the shell, Satan,?carbonic amulet Sere of the sun exploded in the sea.