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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 2-6

Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison / photograph by Frank Hurley

Originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales

About, about in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch’s oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white.

And some in dreams assured were
Of the spirit that plagued us so;
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow.

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