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The Passing of the Fleet
A Requiem For World War II
In memory of Jim Kinley RCNVR
The ghost ships sail
to their haven with history.
The remaining few old men
tell their tales, embellishing more and more as
memory fails and the silent ships recall their crews.
Tales of youth are magnified by the lens of time.
We who remain honour those who have rejoined their ships
in joyful memory of what was and is and will vanish when
we finish the remainder of our leave
and complete the crews of the vanished fleet.
Then together in the coming years we will sail
out of living memory into the retold tales of faith, war,
courage, friendship and survival written by learned historians
or novelists to whom we will be an abstraction to be readjusted
and reborn for the times at hand.
MARTIN SHUBIK is the Seymour Knox Chair Professor of Mathematical Institutional Economics (emeritus) at Yale University. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1947 and received a PhD in Game Theory applications to economics at Princeton in 1953. He was in the University Naval Training Divisions and retired as a Lieutenant RCNVR. He wrote satirical verse under the pseudonym of Thersites for the Canadian Forum, as well as the Champus Cat column at the Varsity.