From The Wit and Humor of America, edited by Marshall P. Wilder, Volume IV, New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls and Company, 1911; p. 713.
MEDITATIONS OF A MARINER*
BY WALLACE IRWIN
A-watchin’ how the sea behaves
For hours and hours I sit;
And I know the sea is full o’ waves —
I’ve often noticed it.
For on the deck each starry night
The wild waves and the tame
I counts and knows ’em all by sight
And some of ’em by name.
And then I thinks a cove like me
Ain’t got no right to roam;
For I’m homesick when I puts to sea
And seasick when I’m home.
* From “Nautical Lays of a Landsman,“ by Wallace Irwin. Copyright, 1904, by Dodd, Mead & Co.