Fabliau in Florida

Wallace Stevens

Fabliau of Florida
Barque of phosphor
On the palmy beach,

Move outward into heaven,
Into the alabasters
And night blues.

Foam and cloud are one.
Sultry moon-monsters
Are dissolving.

Fill your black hull
With white moonlight.

There will never be an end
To this droning of the surf.


Wallace Stevens first went to Key West in 1922, and fell in love with the place.

He used to stay at the Casa Marina hotel.