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From Sea to Stars

Updated on May 11, 2014
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For the sextant, the horizon is too dark to pinpoint

and its celestial mark is hidden above the surface of the seas

while still clutched tightly in the navigators hand

who is breathing brine as he is entangled in the helm

eyes staring through aqua gray to a destination unknown

to a world mysterious and yet to be discovered

the sinking ship's hull groans in mourning like the lament of the laviathan

and becomes a star-ship straying off all known maps

into uncharted seas of existence

it will rest on a floor untrodden within the deep

cloaked by Davey Jones while widows weep

until tide and times current clean the spirit from his bones

and washes him ashore to a new land and destination

with sextant still in hand to plot a new direction

to begin his journey into a life uncharted

he stares at two moons and wonders at what he is seeing

for the cycle has continued

his lantern was never doused

and under different stars he has become a new being




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    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Hoping you are well!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Dear Kim.

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      ocfireflies 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wayne,

      This one resonated, emoted and made me feel as if I was on the ship, too. H/V+

      Thank You,

      Kim

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Ann, thank you so much for dropping by and leaving you kind thoughts.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      From sea to stars - a sad but wonderful journey into the unknown. I love this. It's good to read your work again.

      Ann

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Chris.

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      Scarface1300 

      4 years ago

      Superior piece of writing. Thanks for it

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nice. I was right there, as I have smelled the sea and slept on her shores while my mind wandered inside the depths.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Jodah.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderful piece of poetry Wayne. Worth the wait.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Jane, you are a dear. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Jane Arden 

      4 years ago

      Love this Wayne. You are such a talent, along with your daughters. Its in the blood obviously

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Alexandra, thank you for taking the time to drop in at the Hub to leave this lovely message.

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      Alexandra 

      4 years ago

      Wayne, I love everything about this but "the lament of the leviathan" really stood out for me. Indeed, "his lantern was never doused". Wow! One could only hope for such a transition as this! Just beautiful!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, I'm glad to see you at your old stomping grounds to drop me a kind word. Thank you much my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma. So good to hear from you.

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      VIn cent Moore 

      4 years ago

      You had me yearning for the sea yet to go down with ones ship is an honorable duty of every helmsman. The ghosts of seamen past to greet you while Davey chisels yet another lost sailor to his table.Well done Wayne, always nice to see you lift your pen again an honor us your loyal subjects.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Dear Daughter. :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Enjoyed the journey from the sea to the stars. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Sha. I've been around, just haven't been submitting much. I've been too busy working on some other writing. And of course there's those real jobs that get in the way. It's always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      thank you, Bill. I saw that word, 'exquisite' back to back...I can handle that. :)

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      bizarrett81 

      4 years ago from Maine

      Beautiful imagery... I've missed your poems = ) I really hope you compile them into a book

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      It's nice to see you back, Wayne. You never disappoint. This is a beautiful, reflective piece.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Manatita.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I finally made it after a busy weekend. Such a beautiful piece of writing, Wayne. The word "exquisite" comes to mind.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Will, thank you and thank you!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit Frank.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago

      Exquisite. A Gibran-like masterpiece!

      Let us acknowledge women of sacrifice today.

      Happy Mothering Sunday Bro. Peace.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago

      Exquisite. A Gibran-like masterpiece!

      Let us acknowledge women of sacrifice today.

      Happy Mothering Sunday Bro. Peace.

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      WillStarr 

      4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent, and happy Birthday!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have been away from sailing for too long. Thank you.

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