Their lives ran in circles so small,
They thought they'd seen it all;
And they couldn't make a place for
A girl who'd seen the ocean.
('Memories of East Texas' by Michelle Shocked)
The reason it stuck in my mind was, well, I couldn't really conceive of how anybody over the age of five could have never seen the ocean. But then again, I live on an island, rather than in East Texas or anywhere similar... So here's a poll!
Are you a girl?
When I was younger
Have you seen the ocean?
Yes, I've seen the Atlantic
Yes, I've seen the Pacific
Yes, I've seen the Indian Ocean
Yes, I've seen the Southern Ocean
Yes, I've seen the Arctic Ocean
I've actually swum (or paddled) in the ocean
I've never seen the ocean
I can see the ocean *right now*
I'm posting this from on board a ship at sea
Have you seen the elephant?
Have you heard the mermaids singing?
I do not think that they will sing to me