A Sailor's Lament

by Skyler   Jul 4, 2014

The sea is mighty, deep, and chilled
And many are the men it's killed
With a mouth that swallows the prideful whole
With a power that lies beyond control
With a deep blue gate whose only toll
Is seeing the space in your lungs be filled

And to sail this sea in a sailor's clothes
Is to trade the wonders for the foes
You would meet as you go from place to place
At a Captain's call and a soldier's pace
But you needn't look him in the face
As into the drink, his blood is spilled

So set a sail with no flag to fly
When my back is bare and my skin is dry
And I'll toss them out when the tide is high
When my sailor's clothes are torn and frilled

For my Captain, I love, but you, I love more
And although beside him I now stand
I'd rather be sailing, hand in hand
Alongside my lover, iron-willed


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  • 3 months ago

    by Pratap Rudra

    Skyler.....liked the poem very much.. nice.

  • 1 year ago

    by Sean Carter

    A person's love wether it's an ocean or ship or woman transcends time and ALWAYS will....Love also heals. So pass it forward please. Love love laugh.

  • 1 year ago

    by mossgirl19

    I love everything about this piece. The story was wonderfully told in a unique rhyme scheme...imagery is admirable...I saw and felt the vast seas and was a little afraid, because I have a fear of deep waters. The ending stanza was heart-warming.

  • 3 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    This is a beautiful Rhyming piece, very elegant. The flow is very pretty, with a unique word display. The heart of a sailor is captivating each line. The depths of the sea are mesmerizing to the reader.

    What a powerful poem by Skyler this week. The visuals I received from this poem, swiped me out to sea. Incredible rhyme scheme as well. Just lovely!!

    • 3 years ago

      by Skyler

      Thank you very much.

  • 4 years ago

    by Everlasting

    Congrats in the win.

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