Innis, Mary Quayle. “An Old Map.” Canadian Mercury (Jan 1929): 29-30.

An Old Map

With a small compass and a ship
No larger than we use for pleasure
On land-locked bays, he tried the seas
And storm was all he found of treasure.

This map his guide—here a strange fish,
A dancing dolphin, or the leer
Of the sea serpent, and there writ
The ominous legend “dragons here.”

There cannibals infest a coast,
Here looms a smoking mountain cone,
But these he spurned and set his sails
For the broad blankness marked “unknown.”

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