Harry Kemp (15 December 1883 – 8 August 1960 / Youngstown, Ohio)
Poems of Harry Kemp
|23.||The Beach Comber||4/15/2010|
|24.||The Chantey Of The Cook (dithyramb of a discontented crew)||4/15/2010|
|25.||The Doldrums (A Still-Life Picture)||4/15/2010|
|26.||The Endless Lure||4/15/2010|
|28.||The Girl That Married Another Man||4/15/2010|
|31.||The Shipwrecked Sailor||4/15/2010|
|34.||There's Nothing Like A Ship At Sea||4/15/2010|
|35.||When Ham And Sham And Japhet: A Sailor's Song||4/15/2010|
|36.||Wind-Jammer's Song (1845 Clipper Days)||4/15/2010|
A Whaler's Confession
Three long years a-sailing, three long years a-whaling,
Kicking through the ice floes, caught in calm or gale,
Lost in flat Sargasso seas, cursing at the prickly heat,
Going months without a sight of another sail.
I've learned to hate the Mate, and I've always cursed the Captain.
I hate the bally Bo'sun, and all the bally crew, -
And, sometimes, in the night-watch, the long and starry night-watch,
Queer thoughts have run wild in my head - I've even hated you!