Sea-cable laid in 1869
transmitting wet lead strip of jerky
snaps 18,000 feet below
rupturing the reputation
of Siemens Brothers, Co.

William aboard the ‘Faraday’
galvanometer detecting
search-anchor dragging
at the depth of Mount Blanc
when a spike in the meter
led him to the cable
and a rash of improvements
like closed-steel sheathing
surrounding the conductor with hemp and jute like a cozy snake content to wait for a not-yet born meal