In a calm after the storm

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As the storm raises the whitecaps inside
the dangerous gale
I begin to feel the bow rise
and fall and a wicked wind fill my sail

At some point it begins to sink in
"this storm is for real "
As the sky becomes the sea's color the ice
in the air I can feel

I look to the sky and think "Do I
really only pray in a storm full of danger"
I 'll pray in the calm too lord
steer me through your anger

Tying the wheel by the galley's door
I walk towards the mast
Tying down the loose ropes and cables
eyeing the hanging raft

In the hours that follow as darkness
beckons forth the night
I push a note in to an empty bottle
and cast it out of sight

Maybe someone will find it beside the broken
hull near the raging shoals
And know a seaman drowned again
another bell that tolls

and another monument to those lost at sea.........

























Comments 18 comments

Rayne123 3 years ago

What a message behind this, very nice

thanks

Laurie


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

Well done, and a fine tribute to those who have been lost at sea, my friend. whonu


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

They say that I got killed when the main sail boomer failed, but I am living still. I has sailed the horns of Africa, Mexico and Sierra del Fuego. Where my light turned colors. I have set leaning across the bow tied down in 30 foot waves. I have ridden into and out of typhoons.

But this poetry is beautiful and I love it. There is a calm before and after a storm. And Ahorseback is both. Wonderful work and worthy to carry against my bosom next time I shall court fate.


Ghaelach 3 years ago

Morning Ed.

Only an old sea dog could write such a poem. It brought back many memories of storms at sea for me. My worst was travelling up from Curacao to NY. Took us 14 days. Can't say how many times my heart missed a beat.

Thanks for sharing.

LOL Ghaelach


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Loved this poem. The sea can be so peaceful and enjoyable, but then a storm can blow up without warning and the water is a writhing, threatening monster. So evocative.


Beth37 3 years ago

That's beautiful Ed. Why do I imagine every character you write is you?


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Reading and thinking of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Wonderful and passing this on.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Nice to tribute to the seafaring man!


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abbaelijah 3 years ago from Nigeria

nice, interesting and well written hub !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Laurie , Thank you for reading this I appreciate it alot !.....Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Whonu , Thank you very much !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hi Eric a siling man you are matey !.......Thank you kind sir !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Ghaelach , Now that was a merchant seaman ? Right ? Or navy ! I have only seen the angry sea from shore and thats enough my friend ! You are an honored seafarer then !......Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Blossom ! Hello my dear , Oh we love the sea , don't we !Thank you .


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Beth , What a nice comment ! Thank you , you see too much perhaps ! ..lol... Nice to see you .


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you Gypsy , I haaven't read that since I was a kid !.......:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hi wayne , Yes there are many !......Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

abbaelijah, Thank you my new friend ! !........Ed

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