General Poetry posted December 8, 2018

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We all have a little bit of the mariner in our soul


by knottysailor65

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The sun that shines bright in the east,
Gives color to the sky
The boats rock gently in their slips
And raucous seabirds cry

A mariner strolls down the dock,
His sea bag at his side
This is no weekend yachtsman here,
His mettle has been tried

Provisions bought and stored below,
A new course he shall lay
He's eager now to cast off lines
And log a brand new day

He seeks a life men never know,
Who dwell upon the land
With Salacia he yearns to dance,
And shake King Neptune's hand

His sturdy craft of wood and bronze
Bespeak a salty feel
And many a mile of oceans deep
Have passed beneath her keel

No fancy gadgets does he need
To guide him on his way
A sextant and chronometer
Will get him through the day

A compass hanging round his neck
Ensures his path is true
It never fails to show the course
Across the ocean blue

He's sailed with the trade winds
Into ports of great renown
He's weathered squalls that bent his mast
And nearly took him down

He's faced down waves that pummeled him
And shook him to his bones
And once or twice he swears he saw
A wink from Davy Jones

This seaborne soul who sails the deep
Has also seen the joy
Of dolphins dancing at his bow,
His boat a playful toy

At night the stars gleam endlessly,
The moon lights up his sails
And in his wake the sea foam glows
With phosphorescent trails

His preparations finished now,
The time is drawing nigh
For goodbye hugs to those he loves
And hoisting sails high

And now his hand he raises up,
To wave ere he departs
A mariner's adventures bold
Live deep in all our hearts

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