(by John Haines)
The moonlight has touched them all…
The dream hulk with its hollows
the ancient helmsman, his handbones
glinting with salt and memory.
Under the sail of sleep, torn and flapping,
night’s crowded whale broaches,
heaving another Jonah
to the shoal of a broken world.
Jehovah’s arm outstretched
like a locust cloud at sea,
and the moon itself,
a pale horse of torment flying…
(Haines, John. Twenty Poems. Second printing. edition. Santa Barbara: Unicorn Press, 1973. Print.)
This video from the Smithsonian discusses Jonah as well as another of Ryder's artworks (Flying Dutchman):