Joe Hughes

Freshman - 569 Points (Drogheda, Ireland)

The Old Man At The Sea - Poem by Joe Hughes

He stands silently looking seaward,
Perhaps longing to be free?
To be free from land's firm clutches
To roam the endless sea?

Perhaps he's just a dreamer?
Staring at a peaceful tide.
Or was he once a surfer
Dreaming of huge waves to ride?

There's a sadness in his staring,
Looking neither left nor right.
Standing on a lonely boardwalk
From dawn to late at night.

His suit has seen its best of days.
His shirt unbuttoned at the top.
There's a pride - Yes! There's a longing
For his looking never stops.

Does he see his early youth
On a Merchant Navy ship?
Did he fish the deepest oceans
On each fraught, each dangerous trip?

Did he lose his dearest love one
In a battle with the foam?
Or does he spend his lonely hours
Wishing that the sea was home?

There's an ocean full of questions
Which he would think absurd.
There's a sea so full of answers
Which never will be heard!

Comments about The Old Man At The Sea by Joe Hughes

  • (7/5/2016 12:10:00 AM)

    The ancient mariner.. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/4/2016 11:38:00 PM)

    Amazing thoughts woven in a captivating poem which is full of rhythm and rhyme too. Heartiest Congrats on it's selection as member poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (7/4/2016 9:27:00 PM)

    Wonderful thing I notice here is Poet's ability to paint the picture in it's natural beauty that he himself beheld. Although he had been in a position to use metaphoric terms, phrases etc. in doing so, I particularly like the simple diction he has used, not forgetting rhyme and rhythm as well, for the purpose. I also see the same figure he saw at the sea. Thanks for sharing. Congrats for being the well deserved poem of he day.X (Report) Reply

  • Joe Hughes (7/4/2016 8:22:00 PM)

    Thank you everyone. I saw such a man , standing on Brighton promenade, and he gave me the idea. Regards (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (7/4/2016 4:01:00 PM)

    One of the most effective poems I have read lately that has captured a person in bearing and in pensive thought. Excellent and quite deserving of being Poem of the Day. Congratulations! (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2016 1:04:00 PM)

    Very nice, Joe. Congrats on having it selected as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (7/4/2016 11:14:00 AM)

    Good poem. Congrats (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (7/4/2016 10:04:00 AM)

    At the edge he is reflecting on the high and lows of life- There are sea full of questions and sea full of answers which will never be heard. A marvelous write, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (7/4/2016 9:35:00 AM)

    Well written and new take on an old theme. This time the old man stands at shore and contemplates his life. I like the way your draw your character so we can get a clear visual of the man standing alone at the shore, his suit looking worn with his white shirt unbuttoned....he longs to be carefree and open like the sea, but his life has already run much of its course, despite regrets and questions still left to be asked and answered. I too love the sea and all it represents, not to mention the way it makes one feel. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • B.m. Biswas (7/4/2016 8:30:00 AM)

    Really entertaining....
    The sea has all answers...
    She knows everything...endures deeply that we can not imagine......
    Congrats...member poet.
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  • Barry Middleton (7/4/2016 7:10:00 AM)

    The sea withholds its story so we must devise our own imaginings. Well written. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/4/2016 6:49:00 AM)

    In a battle with the foam! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/4/2016 4:39:00 AM)

    A great poem. Thank you.

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  • Tirtho Banerjee (7/4/2016 4:09:00 AM)

    Outstanding. It is as deep as the sea. Very profound. Liked it a lot (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (7/4/2016 3:49:00 AM)

    My sincere apologies, Joe (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (7/4/2016 3:40:00 AM)

    Oh, this is just wonderful poem.. I lost myself while reading it..10+ (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (7/4/2016 12:47:00 AM)

    So PH, we have gone back to giving this section to poets who haven't been members for 4+ years? (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (7/4/2016 2:30:00 AM)

    Actually, Kelly, his last six poems were posted on March 4 of this year.

  • (12/8/2012 3:12:00 AM)

    A pleasure to read...paints pictures...I loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (11/16/2012 12:09:00 PM)

    That was a joy to read! Was it inspired by someone you actually saw! ? (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2012 12:14:00 PM)

    Thanks Joe, I can see this old guy so clearly. He is all of us. I love the last verse which lifts the poem into philosophy. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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