chapter 28. Ahab. poem, “some Thoughts on Ahab,” by Ed Hunt.

Some thoughts on Ahab


The good captain was one in a line.
Ignoring prophecy, defying the fate
of hemp and hearse said by his mate,
With nothing to show but silence and chyme.

The random arrow, the queen thrown from the room,
Phoenician prophets killed when they lost the game.
Fate mixed with pride cannot be tamed.
The whale was the same: a thing of mockery and doom.

Northern Kings not being loyal.
A blind Greek king marrying his mother.
Hamlet, defying augury, though royal.
An Emperor humiliated for ignoring Russian weather.

Exiled to watery oblivion;
Killed by their own ambition.

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