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A man of the sea ......free verse

Updated on August 25, 2013

He tacks carefully down into the wind ever so slightly
a steady sea over fairly calm seas
The mast looms at an angle as steadily slanted
as the horizon
The briny harbor waters split
in two around the wooden
hull and become two seas
both moving away
from the stern

He secretly loves to maneuver out of the harbor
without power
just to see the looks on the tourists faces
as his ship passes quietly around
the many hulls and buoys
Not a sound
not a problem
The pungent odor of the tidal flats
lift his spirits even higher

But as he passes out beyond the jetty
laying steadily to port
he knows one thing
He is in his element
One man one boat and
one sea
There is no finer
moment

And hours later a sailor glides
silently into port
in the dusk of a long
sea day
Where no one waits and watches
a fresh sunburn
perspiring over his brow
He knows one thing and
one thing alone
The sea owns the man

Yet as the lights come on one by
one in the boat hulls and on the piers
on the silent house porches
where life calms itself
into the night
The masts of the waiting boats jingle their
hardware in the rocking
waves
and sea foam swirls
around the piers
One more sea day offers itself
up to humanity




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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      How I wish I had even a tiny speck of your tremendous talent for writing poetry. I'm sending this out to my family and friends in addition to the regular sharing.

      Sometimes I believe you are in a supreme class of your own. ~ Hugs ~ Audrey

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Audrey , oh , but you are the true artist ! But I will take that hug and raise you one more !........Ed

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Just an amazing piece of writing Ed. I agree with Audrey that you are in a class of your own.

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      Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

      The sea indeed is an enchanting place. Full of deep sea mysteries and wonders, to live on or near the sea must be beautiful and sometimes adventurous.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I know that feeling exactly! You have expressed it so well in your poem, I just love the way you have written it' takes me way back in time. Voted up.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Touching all the senses. You captured the sensations perfectly and held them in words.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Eddy Bear,

      I think of you and have an image of a man walking down a beaten, dusty trail. Calloused hands and well worn boots. A man whose eyes tell a deep, story of a long and interesting existence. I like that man... but this beautiful, tender flow of emotions makes you such a rare kind. I love this and everything you stand for.

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      This was so beautiful, Ed! I'm glad that our favorite kitty Cat shared it! :D Voted it up!

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      writinglover , Thank you soo much , I'm glad she's back aren't you !....Ed

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi, hi, my Eddiepie....(I say my because you're the only one that gets to call me Shannie without a beat down. haha) Cowboys and seamen. . .what a man of mystery you are. Enjoyed the imagery this one created in my mind. :)

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      Beth37 3 years ago

      You're the only poet that makes my hips rise, Ed.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You NEVER disappoint!! Simply wonderful.......Thank you! UP++++

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      ahorseback 20 months ago

      God shet , Thank you so much !

      fpherj48- You are always so kind ! .....made me smile !

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      Liz Elias 20 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Wow! What a well-done verse! I can relate to this, for the sea runs in my blood due to my maternal heritage.

      Of all the poems I have read, this one ranks up there with my all time favorite, "Sea Fever" by John Masefield.

      Voted up awesome and beautiful as well as shared.

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      ahorseback 20 months ago

      DzyMs , Thank you sweety ! That means a lot you know !

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