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Poetry for the landlocked?

First a confession of sorts, I'm not a fan of traditional sailing poems like John Masefield ("give me a tall ship and a star to steer her by"). But I do love poetry and find that it both goes with the boat and, in a pinch, can be a bit of a substitute. Anyway, I don't figure this will turn into a new Song Thread or anything; but with life conspiring to keep me away from the boat and the sea for the time being, I figured I would see if my fellow sailnet lackeys had any good verse to share. It need not be sailing / sea related or not . . . just something that you associate with it.


Here's one for starters . . .

A Spell before Winter

After the red leaf and the gold have gone,
Brought down by the wind, then by hammering rain
Bruised and discolored, when October's flame
Goes blue to guttering in the cusp, this land
Sinks deeper into silence, darker into shade.
There is a knowledge in the look of things,
The old hills hunch before the north wind blows.

Now I can see certain simplicities
In the darkening rust and tarnish of the time,
And say over the certain simplicities,
The running water and the standing stone,
The yellow haze of the willow and the black
Smoke of the elm, the silver, silent light
Where suddenly, readying toward nightfall,
The sumac's candelabrum darkly flames.
And I speak to you now with the land's voice,
It is the cold, wild land that says to you
A knowledge glimmers in the sleep of things:
The old hills hunch before the north wind blows.


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Re: Poetry for the landlocked?

A pirate, a randy old codger

had a very impressive long todger

he'd call into port

find himself a nice sort

and give her a good jolly roger!

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