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Blackbead

The Horizon

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The Horizon

"When you look at the horizon, do you see the waves? Or do you see the sky?"

All right, all right! I hear ye, mate!

When yer sixty feet or more off the deck,

High in the riggin' and a gale's a'blowin' and

The ship be heeled over to a fine point and

The cold has turned the horses to iron bars and

The bos'un has ye dancin' a jig in the wind . . .

There ye'll be starin' straight into the face of God!

But, listen to what I have to say:

When yer sittin above board after a fine mess,

With a clean deck to yer backside and

A fresh wind coolin' off the fo'c'sle sweat and

Weather fittin' and proper for twelve knots and

All the doggies and their masters are up on the quarterdeck . . .

With the proper bearing, ye'll see Him there, too!

Stephen Sanders

©2010

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Nice one! :D

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Thank you!

This one started as a rhymer but somewhere it wound up as free verse. I lilked the flow of it better than the rhyme.

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When I see the horizon, I see where the ocean meets the sky- a place I long to chase.

Very well done again, Blackbeard.

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Thank ye for the comment, me lad, but the name is "BlackBEAD"; not "BlackBEARD." As the Captain often says, I be the pirate "without the rrrrrrr!"

Blackbead

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Oh, oops. Sorry, Blackbead.

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No worries, my friend! Thank you for the kind words about me rhymes and scribbles. Now, how about a jack of bumbo?

Blackbead

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