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Big Boy came
Carrying a mermaid   
On his shoulders   
And the mermaid   
Had her tail
Curved
Beneath his arm.

Being a fisher boy,
He’d found a fish
To carry—
Half fish,   
Half girl   
To marry.

Langston Hughes, “Catch” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes. Reprinted with the permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated.
Source: Selected Poems (Vintage Books, 1959)
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