(iii)

Catharpin--
a name pronounced
more like cat harping
than cathartic;
a name chosen
for distinction:
nautical, the line
that holds the shroud--
names both creek and village.
Outsiders say it wrong.
Inland, nautical
only in the way hogsheads once were--
London-bound from river's edge--
Its Postmaster chose the name.
He could have named it for himself
but wanted no more rising from it
than he could live with.
To close the spread from be to seem
is beam enough from any eye.