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Old 12-07-2016, 04:06   #1
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Poems for Sailors

Sailors are known for songs, (a "sailors ditty"), chanteys, bawdy humor, and an appreciation for the risks inherent in a seafaring life. Words found in song lyrics and in poetry can touch the soul, and many poems and songs loved by sailors reflect the harshness of the life at sea, the memories of those left behind or lost, and the undeniable attraction of the ocean.

Feel free to add poems to this thread if they speak to the sailor in you.
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Here is a poem that made me think of a sailor's view of life, though it says nothing about sailing or the sea.
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"Let me die a youngman's death"

Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
not a famous-last-words
peaceful out of breath death

When I'm 73
and in constant good tumour
may I be mown down at dawn
by a bright red sports car
on my way home
from an allnight party

Or when I'm 91
with silver hair
and sitting in a barber's chair
may rival gangsters
with hamfisted tommyguns burst in
and give me a short back and insides

Or when I'm 104
and banned from the Cavern
may my mistress
catching me in bed with her daughter
and fearing for her son
cut me up into little pieces
and throw away every piece but one

Let me die a youngman's death
not a free from sin tiptoe in
candle wax and waning death
not a curtains drawn by angels borne
'what a nice way to go' death

----Roger McGough
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Old 12-07-2016, 05:37   #2
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Re: Poems for Sailors

Sailors' haiku:

A day of sailing
Things break. I have to fix them
Cycle never ends
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Old 13-07-2016, 04:22   #3
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Re: Poems for Sailors

The Articulate Sailor by James Tazelaar ,best collections of lyrical and profound excerpts from most of the vast sailing literature ,much of which I've read. If you don't know what to read next you will find excerpts from the great ones in the English language.He also edited Sea verse.
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Re: Poems for Sailors

I like this poem. I decided to take a picture of my lamp in the boat table and thought it worked well.


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THE BOAT THAT NEVER SAILED

Another good one I found some time ago:
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by Alban Wall

Down in the harbor of Broken Dreams
On the shores of Yesterday,
Her hull half-buried by sands of Time,
A schooner lies rotting away;
And her broken beams are the broken hopes
Of plans that have somehow failed -
And the tide drifts in and the tide drifts out
Past a boat that has never sailed.

Her timbers were made of the finest wood
From the forests of Caribee;
Her sails were like wings of the albatross
That glide o’er the southern sea;
And her decks how they echoed her builder’s song
As he fashioned her, plank and nail -
Now only the seagull’s lonesome cry
Haunts the boat that has never set sail.

She never answered the siren call
Of coaxing wind and tide;
She never breasted the Spanish Main
With the seas coming over her side;
And the pennant that hangs from her broken mast
Never shook in the lashing gale -
For the tides of Destiny waxed too full
And the schooner never set sail.

Somewhere there are men with snow-white hair
Who sit in life’s twilight years,
And often their thoughts drift wistfully back,
And often their eyes fill with tears
As they think of the dreams that have gone astray
And the plans that have somehow failed -
God, heal the hearts of the men who have built
The boats that have never sailed.
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There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark, broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toil’d, and wrought, and thought with me—
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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I like this poem. I decided to take a picture of my lamp in the boat table and thought it worked well.


Nice. Good use of the photo and lamp too.
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