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The Nor'easter

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turtle
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0 posted 01-29-2009 07:19 PM       View Profile for turtle   Email turtle   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for turtle

:lol: Before we get anymore confused over my last post, here's an old sea ballad to chew over.

The Nor'easter

The wind is up by nor'east boys;
She'll be a blow tonight.

For what was eight bell rippled ease
Will come a roarin' fright.
The merc' was down to fourteen bars
and droppin' like a stone.
If we can't make East Marble Cove,
We'll meet with Davey Jones.

The captain called all hands to task
And barked the dogwatch choir;
Unfurl that mizzen full me lads
and set the headsails fore.

The cook began to bellyache.
The shipboy's face turned white.
Secure the main sheet's bitter end,
then throw them yards a bight.


Gray headland cliffs, now needle thin,
Had just come into view,
And three hours hence safe harbor cove.
We only had but two.
As bound began to grow great swells,
Squalls marched across the sky.
The captain quipped, She's close I fear!,
Then let a long, low sigh.

The wind among the rigging howled,
Our ship heeled hard to lee.
Teak decking creaked as mastheads swayed
And gunnels filled with sea.
White-knuckled men in wide-eyed stare
began to cry and pray.
All I could think was; what a ride!
Thrill and two bits a day?

Turtle
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1 posted 01-30-2009 12:47 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Robert Service would have been proud to write this one. It is excellent, turtle!!!
chopsticks
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2 posted 01-30-2009 10:58 AM       View Profile for chopsticks   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for chopsticks

Turtle, this is great poetry. I am very curious if it took a lot of research for this excellent poem. Just because I  am curious and older than you, doesn’t mean you have to elaborate .
turtle
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3 posted 01-30-2009 03:18 PM       View Profile for turtle   Email turtle   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for turtle

Thank you both,

Chopsticks, that is an excellent question and the kind I like to see. Because I've spent 10 years living and traveling on a 37ft yacht I am familiar with nautical terminology and did not need to research this particular poem. But, I almost ALWAYS research a subject before I write about it.

turtle
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4 posted 01-30-2009 05:32 PM       View Profile for chopsticks   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for chopsticks

Turtle, I thought the poem  was mostly from experience.  Your harbor location kind of gave it away too.

Thanks for clearing up my curiosity , but I was pretty  sure that I knew the answer .
 
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