Sunday, June 30, 2013

Shadow Captain (Blogophlia 19.6)


Port too long
No tall ship wanting 
To sail away 
To Parts unknown

I am but a loser who
Gets lucky
From the sympathy 
of the passerby

My call to sea
Was shortened
By a the fear
Of the riptide

Of the undertow
From fears and dreams
I am but a Shadow Captain
A fly on the wall

Dolphins breach
Thirty feet offshore
Calling me to play
I scoff at their gall

This son 
Of a son of a sailor
Only crabs on shore now
No vessel to loan


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Picture (c) Don Teuton, Savannah GA 2012, 2013

27 comments:

  1. ooh! i love this! beautifully done <3

    Lisa

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    1. A man too scared to sail to his dreams. So many of us are.

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  2. Sad to see fear win out, maybe he should move to the mountains and try again

    TM

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  3. Listen to dolphins. Can't go wrong, what a sad piece. Wonderfully done! :) -David II

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    1. I agree. There is always a thrill when they break by your boat. Like they want to play with you.

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  4. Wow, Christopher... Where did this classic ode come from?
    well, I know it came from you, of course...
    Pretty fantastical piece, Good Man!

    signed: Myke

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    1. One of my favorite songs is CSN's Shadow Captain. Here, he has finally come to land, never to return to the sea that made him insane.

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  5. can hear the foghorn in the air

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  6. Excellent penning in this!
    8 points Earthling! :)
    Marvin

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  7. This son of a son of a Sailor...I like that line. Nice Ode to a life at Sea. Well done. :)

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  8. Very poignant Christopher ... almost haunting.

    Sharonlee

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  9. I felt the wanting to reach out and explore but afraid of what might happen if moving on. Beautifully written!

    Michelle K

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  10. I love where this week's theme took your eloquent muse.

    Barb K

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  11. Lynn Seraphina DeVriezeJuly 4, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    I really enjoyed reading this, very eloquently written!

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  12. Wow.... haunting and yet so eloquent. Loving this write, you do poetry so sublimely! ;)

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  13. Love the line..."This son of a son of a sailor..." says it all. Too far removed to have "sea legs"...crabbing on the shore suits just fine! Wonderful write! DEMME

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    1. And never having to courage to find the far port.

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  14. Nice poetry! :)

    ~~DJ

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