October and the HMS Bounty....

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The deepest scent of oak timbers from
an old old place in ancient times
And stroking his hands upon
the tall masts the oiled and virgin pines

The tall ship will make her journey around the bays
and across the october skies
All the way into the storm
and through hidden destiny she plies

Now the creaking timbers and rolling
tides are turning into grey
And aint' it just like an ocean to come
about in storm today

Yet october the sailor knows can be
an abysmal month to set your sail
For she will bring about the fury of a storm
and do it without fail

First mate aloft in the rigging and hollered
to the cap'n below
" A storm upon the horizon sir " and he replied
"yes my son I know"

" Aye my captain will we ever make it to the
shore ? " ....... the first mate hides his fears
The captain eye's the sea and pulls
his collar up to hide his tears

" I think not my lad seems the gales they
are calling us out"
"Where..... once we were kings of the sea now
bring the sails about !"

"But It's far too late my captain the masts
are giving way"
Captn' will wonder for only moments what
final words he'll say

Or of loved ones faces upon his inner eye
"will she remember always my vows?"
He thinks yes!...... but the widow waits in the harbor and
searches the returning bows

In the briney depths of the outer banks a ghostly
ship lists in the tides
With no hands are upon her decks
nor sails nor masts she rides






To the memory of the HMS Bounty.........







Comments 11 comments

Ghaelach 4 years ago

Hi ahorseback.

Great poem.

It takes me back to the early 70's to a young lad of 21 that went away to sea for a few years. Wonderful.

LOL Ghaelach


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Oh, your words are so palpable here ahorseback. I can certainly feel the yearning and the love of a hopeful soul...and that's a great photo too.

Cry if you want but you must sail! It's just another month of October.

What a great tribute for the love of your life - HMS bounty!

Up, beautiful and definitely worth sharing, ahorseback.

Love from the sky~


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Ghaelach, Merchant marines ? Or navy !, Thanks for dropping in !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Cris , you my dear are soo nice . !!!!Thank you


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

So beautiful, yet, It made me feel sad. My Uncle Jimmy was a sailor who fought in WWll. He fought for the British before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor..I didn't know him, but I always felt a sense of pride...Cheers


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Always , He is then , a hero ! Your uncle too . And yet I'm not surprised !......:-}


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Loved the descriptions, another great write! Voted up as always!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

My friend - you deeply feel the loss of this ship - it palpitates from every syllable of your poem!

I think i mentioned that the HMS Bounty was commissioned to be built in Canada, and we are very proud of it..

We too feel the loss - to the point where i actually started to believe that TWO ships sunk - an American AND a Canadian..

Alas...we both mourned the beauty and pride of the Bounty...

(amongst other things - like - human suffering, of course!)


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

ImKarn , It's you and I and the sea , You still have the Blue Nose and I have my Constitution! lol.....I went out on the BlueNose in Lunenburg N.S. She's a beauty too ! Much like yourself !


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Wonderful tribute. Passing this on.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Thanks for that Gypsyy Rose , .........:-}

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