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Old 20-09-2006, 13:51   #16
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It's from one of John Masefileds works, but I can't lay my hands on it.

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Old 20-09-2006, 14:07   #17
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this, perhaps?

"Sea-Fever"

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

By John Masefield (1878-1967).
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)
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Old 20-09-2006, 22:56   #18
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That's it. Great words.
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Old 20-09-2006, 23:32   #19
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Some things never go out of style. As true today as it was in the early 1900's
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Old 28-09-2006, 05:01   #20
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The boy stood on the burning deck,
his back against the mast.
He swore he would not leave the deck,
Til Oscar Wilde had passed.

But Oscar was a wily sort,
and tossed the boy a bun.
And when he bent to pick it up
the dirty deed was done..
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Old 28-09-2006, 05:31   #21
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A poem I wrote 12 years ago whilst cruising:

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 28-09-2006, 05:33   #22
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Another of my sailing poems:

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 28-09-2006, 05:35   #23
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And another:

Islands
I’m searching for an island
It 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

9/26/94

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Old 28-09-2006, 11:27   #24
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Here's a short story I wrote about my ex, 15 years ago

I've been at sea for a while, so I'm sending out an SOS.

Was Shanghai'ed aboard a shakey ketch with a fresh coat of paint.

Thought I was go'n for a cruise and willing to do my share to keep the sails full and on course.

We hit some rough seas & she started loosen fastener's and part'n sheets. Then squeak'n & groan'n she required more rigging and pumps to keep'r afloat.

The storm got worse, she broached, split up and went down fast. Hardly had time to escape the whirlpool.

So, here I am, cast a drift hoping another shark doesn't come along and mistake me for chum..................................._/)
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Old 28-09-2006, 12:38   #25
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I learned when I first went to sea,
You always must spit to the lee.
And later I found,
As we sailed down the sound,
It also applies when you pee.
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Re: Poetry

Thanks for adding poetry to our sailing menu. If you are up to it, can you put pen to paper (or hand to keyboard) and create a piece of original nautical poetry? We publish a non-commercial monthly boating newsletter that often includes original nautical poetry. We are always looking for new talent. Check NFTB out at News From The Bow Home Page and search for original nautical poetry. Hoping you are interested,
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Old 07-03-2011, 19:52   #27
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Re: Poetry

Okay, Cannibul, I think I can remember Robert Service's Rhyme Scheme…


When on the beach, and out of reach, of the North Star's beck and call,
My soul seems bust with wanderlust, and I want to chuck it all,
It's to my boat, that stays afloat through storm and roaring gale
That I return: from stem to stern, and keel to shining rail…

She's a grand old tub, and like a London pub, she always cheers m'soul
With her great spruce mast that's made to last through every pitch and roll.
When I slip my lines, and follow the signs in the sky that make my chart
I whistle a tune that, long or soon, makes good to cheer my heart.



Okay, so it ain't "The Cremation of Sam MaGee," but that's the feel of it.
Bit of fun, that.
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Old 07-03-2011, 19:55   #28
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Re: Poetry

This short depressing one I wrote many years ago, while working for the wealthy on their super-yachts.

Loved the work but hated what it did to my serious relationship at home or the prospect of ever finding one in the future.

Eventually I turned it into a song, hence the chorus


I shoot stars with a silver spoon…
I go crazy on a full moon…
But baby, I got no tracks… no monkey on my back
Just You!

Seas are getting stormy….
Me, I’m getting horny…
But the only tail I need babe
Is not from a winch, but a wench

This is sailing my friend…
Aint it the living end.
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Re: Poetry

Kinda brings a tear to the eye Pelagic. *sniff*
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Re: Poetry

DREAMSONG

There's a schooner
in the offing,
gliding in light air.
There's a schooner
in the offing,
booms out -
her wind is fair.
She's moving well
for the wind she has,
she caught the tide just right.
There's a schooner
in the offing.
And
I'll not
sleep tonight.

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