Learn More

Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

The Good Craft _Snow Bird_


Strenuous need that head-wind be
From purposed voyage that drives at last
The ship, sharp-braced and dogged still,
Beating up against the blast.

Brigs that figs for market gather,
Homeward-bound upon the stretch,
Encounter oft this uglier weather
Yet in end their port they fetch.

Mark yon craft from sunny Smyrna
Glazed with ice in Boston Bay;
Out they toss the fig-drums cheerly,
Livelier for the frosty ray.

What if sleet off-shore assailed her,
What though ice yet plate her yards;
In wintry port not less she renders
Summer's gift with warm regards!

And, look, the underwriters' man,
Timely, when the stevedore's done,
Puts on his _specs_ to pry and scan,
And sets her down--_A, No. 1._

Bravo, master! Bravo, brig!
For slanting snows out of the West
Never the _Snow-Bird_ cares one fig;
And foul winds steady her, though a pest.

Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Good Craft _Snow Bird_ by Herman Melville )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If, Rudyard Kipling
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Religion is a recreation., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  2. I have got my body, gajanan mishra
  3. Many Types of Pain, Christina Seyoum
  4. Good things, hasmukh amathalal
  5. I failed to understand this world, gajanan mishra
  6. Now I am Mr. Delight, PARTHA SARATHI PAUL
  7. The 7 Signs of The Holy Night...(In Haik.., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  8. The Day After Chris+mas...(A 10 Word Acr.., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  9. So encouraging, hasmukh amathalal
  10. So Good, Michael P. McParland
[Hata Bildir]