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Old 20-01-2007, 11:10   #1
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Sailing Poems You've Written

How simple, yet complex
The sailboat is
Each part essential
Time tested solutions
To the problems
Of how to go
From here to there
With wings of cloth
Flying through the air
Yet swimming too
With fins of metal
Across vast oceans blue
Touching and caressing
Each land
On our planet Earth
Afloat in a vast
Heavenly sea of stars
Men of all times
Looked to the heavens
to find their way
Knowing the signs
Placed skyward
To guide them
Over infinite waves
Disappearing into the horizon
Where all dreams lay
Now electrons too small
For senses to know
Carry the messages
From man made stars
Too insignificant to shine
A matrix of ideas
Dividing the earth
Into precise little squares
As addresses
In a metropolis
For all to know
With the need to go
From here to there

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Old 20-01-2007, 11:11   #2
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Flags of many nations
Stood proud marking
The presence of a fresh breeze
Beckoning sailors
To weigh their anchors
Hoist their sails
Sail from safety
In search of their dreams
Each so different
Yet always the same


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Old 20-01-2007, 11:12   #3
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Bravo. Quite good.
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Old 20-01-2007, 11:13   #4
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Islands
I’m searching for an island
It's just right for me
A place so special
It’s just got to be
Warm waters lapping
Calm peaceful shores
Quaint little villages
And so very much more
The island has mountain peaks
With clouds about the top
It rains each day an hour
But then must simply stop
The rains fill the ponds,
Rivers and the lakes
You only see sailboats
N’er a power boat wake
This island has meadows
Grasses of delicious green
Flowers abound in multitudes
On the hills and by the streams
Palm lined sandy beaches
and rocky cliffs too
Everything imaginable
All surrounded by endless blue
I’ll set down my anchor
Watch the sun arise
Each day will be different
Hold some new surprise
Locals folk have so much charm
A society that seems fair
A dollars still a dollar
But no one seems to care
I’ll befriend all the sailors
Who come and drop their hook
The good ones with flare
Have also come to look
I’ll forget the winter season
The cold and freezing rains
And not miss the deserts
nor even the great plains
The great cities will be
like far away dreams
Of noise and traffic
In neverending streams
Each island that I’ve sailed to
Meets just part of my need
Searching and exploring
Not missing a good lead
When to weigh anchor?
And when to make way?
I stuggle with this question
Each and every day
The next island beckons
And summons me “sail on”
With promises of new delights
To build a life upon
Not always have I lived
This searching life at sea
Yet there is something about sailing
That’s forever part of me

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Old 20-01-2007, 13:19   #5
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More a view of when I was getting ready to move aboard than actual sailing, but written in the context of sailing.

Lost at Sea

Like waves that lap so gently, upon a distant shore,
Your scent comes drifting to me, across the crowded floor.
I watch you as you weave your way,
Amidst the reefs and shoals.
Your hair a tawny halo,
Like rings around the moon.

I wait the moment, you arrive,
Your smile a welcome light,
And wonder at the hidden depths,
It seems there are in you.

Bits and pieces of you, like flotsam on the beach,
Call to something in me,
Awaken dreams and memories,
I'd thought where now long past.
Whilst hints of all, that you could be,
Leave footprints in the sand.

I know so little, yet so much,
It leaves me wanting more.
Becalmed so far, away from shore,
Am I lost at sea?
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Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I've got a boat
and so have you!
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Re: Sailing Poems You've Written

Here I set surfing the web.
Logged on to CF before heading off to bed.

Before my eyes a post appeared.
It was a member who has a really long beard.

In the classified he posted just this
A boat for sale that shouldn’t be list.

Low and behold, it seemed like a fine vessel, she was.
But my pockets are empty and just full of fuzz.

So I clicked onto another thread with a sigh in my heart
Just to find someone who couldn’t get his motor to start

I offered up my best guess saying it was just a wire
As I watched, someone said is was false, and that the amps need to be higher

So off to another post about the best anchor that holds
To find there were so many post you had to be bold

I read and read till my eyes almost shut
Looking for the strongest anchor to shove up their butt

It seems I spend so many hour and days on this site
When I could have finished the boat when I had more youth and might.

So it’s off to bed now, thinking of the stupid political post
When I should have been thinking of the finishing the boat

To all a good night, may the wind be at your back
Oh, and this is a joke, so give me some slack!
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Old 31-01-2013, 04:53   #8
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Re: Sailing Poems You've Written

Everything about me just says GO,
Priorities are burdens, I can't just throw,
I want so much to be land free,
To be where there is no land to see.

To be an invisible part of the boat
--one more thread in an ethereal coat,
Encompassing, encloaking, a protective sheath,
Protecting my flesh from the cold beneath.

Wind's touch, soft on my face,
In this one spot, in this noplace,
Endless, limitless, source of emotion,
From endless, limitless, faceless ocean.


I wrote this as a memorium to a old departed friend who in his last years was not able to do what he had done so well.
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Re: Sailing Poems You've Written

Here I float on a sea of sorrow
The sails wont hank
The engine wont crank
TowboatUS wont be here untill tomorrow
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Re: Sailing Poems You've Written

Boat in a moat, is still afloat
Until the bridge, its "west about"
Turn about, no getting out.
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Re: Sailing Poems You've Written

There was a sailor from Nantucket,
kept his boat afloat with a bucket,
he bailed and bailed
and never sailed,
so finally one day he said:
"oh forget about it."
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There once was a girl from Nantucket

Who did he her business in a bucket.

Once she filled her pail with one the size of a whale,

Carried it up to the rail so she could chuck it.
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Re: Sailing Poems You've Written

I said to a bug in the sink
are you taking a swim or a drink?
I, said the bug, am a sea going tug
am I heading for land, do you think?
That's silly, said I, that's no sea it's a sink.
A sink it may be, sir, but I'd sooner, I think,
be it sea in the sink than sink in the sea Sir, said he.

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Re: Sailing Poems You've Written

Here I set to write another poem
From the walls of this ole shanty
And itís all for the Cruisers Forum
Out sailing, is where I should be

Outside the wind is cold and wet
Stuck in another winter of the Pacific NW
Itís a good thing Iím not in debt
For a sailor should know whatís best

Working on the boat is a pleasure
But the weather keeps these old bones sore
Some sun and dry air I could use for sure
Working on this boat, soon to be no more

Just ordered a fuel tank to add to the tonnage
Itís aluminum, but some donít agree
But the hull has been prep and staged
And the damn thing sure isnít free

The new water maker is on order
And a water tank installed too
A couple weeks and itíll be at the border
So the shower can be running just for you

Everything else is done on the boat
Except for a hard dodger windshield
Itís not my place to gloat
But I wish the boat were still in the field

Tied to a slip
There are so many rules
If this were a ship
They could be fooled

So off out in the harbor
A generator to run
Iíll grind the deck and mortar
Thisíll be how itís done

A stick of wood here
a layer of glass there
I hope itís like a mirror
After it dries in the air


Then comes a canvas dodger to be attached at the top
Made of sumbrella and the color of blue
All the way aft is where itíll stop
Itís made to cover me and you

This is the end for this day
I have other things to do
Letís hope and pray
That you do too
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Re: Sailing Poems You've Written

Can you sail, in a gale?
And did you wail while undersail?

I did indeed sail in a gale.
And I later even peed off the rail.

Have you ever tied a knot?
Or was it a mistake and all for naught?

Of course I've tied a knot without so much as even a thought.
And itís still there Ďcause I already done forgot.

Can you splice a line?
And did you drink up all that wine?

Sure I can splice a line and without even so much as a little whine.
And gulp, that was some mighty fine red wine.

Can you set anchor without too much rancor?
Or was that you hollering late one night while spewing much anger?

Yes I can set an anchor without any rancor.
But it was my own noisy halyard that set off all my banter.

Might you have a putty-cat to snuggle along with late at night?
Or is it jestí you in that v-berth without any delight?

Why yes I now have a pussy-cat to snuggle with all night.
And together we take turns, turning off the lights, for a little delight!

And did you read any books while aboard your boat?
Or do you piddle your time away takiní one too many tokes?

Heck no did I take any tokes.
But I did read Dr. Seussís classics Iíll have you note!

(With my utmost sincere apologies to Dr. Seuss!)
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