In the Low Countries

By Stuart Mills 1940–2006 Stuart Mills
They are building a ship
in a field
much bigger than I should have thought
sensible.
When it is finished
there will never be enough of them
to carry it to the sea
and already it is turning
rusty.

NOTES: This poem originally appeared in "Poetry Not Written for Children that Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy," by Lemony Snicket.

“In the Low Countries” is reprinted by permission of Rosemary Mills.

Source: Poetry (September 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

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Stuart Mills was born in North Wales. He was a poet and publisher of Tarasque and Aggie Weston's.

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