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In the Low Countries

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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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