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The Sea in the Hour of Need

Updated on October 6, 2015
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The sun will rise as the tide will flow

While you lift your goblet to your lips.

And when the nor’easter decides to blow

The billowing sail above the mighty ships.


All hands on deck! They hear the cry

Of the urgency in his God-fearing voice,

And cannae quell the fate that underlies.

As yet, it bears a simple choice.


The heavens love you in one brief moment

And then despise you in the next,

But once in a sea of rigorous torment

Rarely out of the realm of context.


To fight for time in the game of strength

Will not be measured by valued gains.

It makes no sense, though never relents

In the midst of Neptune’s domain.


If I could castigate your unseemly soul

That I would do in a moment’s time

But it really is not my imminent goal

To charge you for your wayward crimes.


The angry sea is owned by none

But she can make a pact with the devil.

She’ll take an equal, but will never be outdone

And for this, she will always revel.


If you dare question her choices,

I advise you to keep this in mind;

She pays no heed to mortal voices

Rarely being kindly inclined.


You’d best think twice, my friend,

Before you decide to pirate

An innocent ship again,

The sea won’t tolerate a tyrant.


If you live to relate this harrowing tale,

Please learn your lessons well.

Coral’s main use is to impale

Those that wish to vacation in hell.


Now she is calm with lovely green eyes

That are limpid pools for nature’s finery,

And she holds no bias for fish’s suppliers

And other underwater dining.


But cross her by wrongdoing

And see how her mood doth change.

Storms will begin brewing

And your life will be rearranged.

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      Deb Hirt 11 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Graham! I grew up with the water and I will leave by the water. Thanks and have a fabulous day.

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      Graham Lee 11 months ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Deb. An absolute delight. Well done. Following.

      Graham.

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      Deb Hirt 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      And thank YOU, Norma.

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      Norma Lawrence 12 months ago from California

      Very good article. Thanks

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is so true, too, Peg. I grew up near the ocean in Maine, so experience speaks for itself.

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      Peg Cole 20 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      The sea is a beauty and can transform to a tempest in the wink of an eye. You've captured the essence of this in your lovely poem. I liked the line, "She pays no heed to mortal voices

      Rarely being kindly inclined."

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! Glad that you found favor in this one.

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      Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

      How did I miss this. A great tribute to a beauty and beast in the style of poetry I favor over all!

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Patricia, as did I. The cove in Dyer's Bay in Steuben, Maine used to be for ships that were built there in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Eventually, operations were moved to Bangor where the waters were deeper. However, rumor has it that it was also pirate infested, and treasure still sits buried there where it is yet to be found.

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      Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

      Love this...grew up on the waters of Virginia...and many imaginings took me on pirating expeditions....

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Audrey! You win a free ride...

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      What fun this is Deb! Someone above used the term "rollicking" and it does!!

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Marie! Exactly, regarding control, which is like me. Nobody will ever have control of me, but me.

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      truthfornow 22 months ago from New Orleans, LA

      Got to let the ocean do its thing. We have no control. I like the spirit of this poem very much.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Diana. Plenty more where that came from. I lived in Clarion, PA for about a year, FYI.

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      Diana L Pierce 22 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I can almost smell the saltwater in the air and hear the crashing of the waves against the side of ship. This is a nice piece of poetry.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for sailing on my cruise lines, Gypsy Rose Lee.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 22 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for the lovely journey on the sea.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Sha! Wish I could control better when they come to me, as it can happen at any point, and when they do...well, you know what they're like. Thanks for reading.

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      Shauna L Bowling 22 months ago from Central Florida

      Deb, you're one of my favorite poets. Your style is unique, fluid, and always thought-provoking.

      I'm going to heed Bill's suggestion to listen to Dan Fogelberg's "The Reach".

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, swalia. Glad that my point came across all right.

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      Shaloo Walia 22 months ago

      Lovely poem! The sea is so beautiful and yet can be so destructive at times. Your poem captured all the moods of the sea.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Bronwen, it surely is. You never know what to expect from nature, so hold fast and steady.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Who knows, John, perhaps you were a sailor in a past life!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely poem - the sea seems to naturally incur a love-hate relationship. It's certainly something that needs to be respected or we suffer.

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      Demas W Jasper 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Deb, No copyright? It will be published in Nigeria before you read this.

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great rollicking poem, Deb, reminding us to treat the sea with respect or she will have her vengeance on us. I love any poems to do with the sea, pirates, mermaids etc for some reason. Maybe I should have been a sailor.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      We sure do, MsDora. I whisper can turn into a heck of a storm in a moment's notice.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, manatita. It just popped into my head and fortunately, I was home.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Bread also did a song called Mother Freedom, Cris. Nature is the path that I walk and within it IS so much freedom, for I am free as a bird...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Love her but fear her. This in the wake of the El Faro disaster yesterday with 33 crew members on board, traveling from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yea, we need to respect the ocean.

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      manatita44 22 months ago from london

      Feel very lyrical! Should make a great song. Nice rhyming scheme and I liked it very much. Flowed excellently!

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      CrisSp 22 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What calming read in seeking out some moments in life that is simply beautiful in nature and that is how you just changed my mood today Deb.

      Thank you.

      P.S. Currently listening to Born Free by Matt Monro ~ :)

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, matey Missy, and never forget it, arggghhhhh!

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      This is a great poem! I read it in my pirate voice for some reason. Har Har!

      Hey, I know I'm silly, but I like that about myself. This poem was a delight to read. That ocean is so beautiful, yet has a cunning and deceptive personality, doesn't it... It can change as fast as the wind blows.

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Can't recall if I told you or not, but I am from Maine. Once the sea is in your blood, it never leaves. Many famous people live or have lived in Maine--Bob Denver, Linda Lavin, Stephen King, Don McLean, Kirstie Alley, I could go on and on.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      If you have a moment, go to YouTube and listen to Dan Fogelberg's "The Reach"...this poem reminds me of that song...powerful, with meaning, a love of nature, a warning cry....well done, Deb.