David Harris

Gold Star - 4,611 Points (18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

A Harsh Mistress - Poem by David Harris

The call of the seagulls,
near the edge of the sea,
is the lure that attracts men
to their boats to test the sea.
Waves dance a beckoning call, their waters to explore.
Therefore, men set off in their boats
to answer the wandering call.

However, to many a man
the sea maybe a mistress,
to others it is their downfall.
The sea can be a harsh mistress,
to some who come to call,
as they make time there forever,
deep in that watery bed

The storms she creates,
when angry,
has sealed many good men,
to an eternal fate.
So be warned my friends,
before you fall for the siren’s call.
The sea can be a harsh mistress.


10 June 2007


Comments about A Harsh Mistress by David Harris

  • (6/18/2007 11:23:00 AM)

    The sea can be a harsh mistress (or master in my case) but I know the lure of it and the attraction. Your poem warns against this, and rightly so. The men who go out fishing are taking their lives in their hands. An interesting write, David.

    Love, Fran xxx
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  • (6/18/2007 2:02:00 AM)

    Very intrigueing well though out poem that was honestly just a very good read that made me think...and scared me a bit because of the lack of control that comes with spending time on an unpredictable Large body of water. I truly loved it though David!
    Thank U for taking the time to share this one as you must be spending alot of time on the sea lately...or at least in your heart and mind you have lingered there alot as of late.Great place to be!
    10/10
    =Shelley=
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  • Melvina Germain (6/11/2007 4:10:00 PM)

    Excellent poem David, I love the title, it draws you to the poem. The sea can be a harsh mistress at times, I would imagine those who love the sea become intrigued by it. Unfortunately I'm afraid of large bodies of water and would consider it harms way. Wonderful poem David.--Melvina-- (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2007 2:09:00 PM)

    She is a temptress the sea, come, come and play with me let me show you places you have never seen...10 (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2007 1:39:00 PM)

    This is a good poem and reminds me of the ex and his dang boat nearly killing us often as he attempted to navigate from Greenwich [Cos Cob] to NYCity...Apart from that memory and the many tugboat rescues, I love the sea, it is my solace, my refuge and my calm in the storm. The sand, the shells, all of it....but for me I can't say it's my Mistress or Master, just perhaps one of the few places that my restlessness ceases to be.....Excellent one here.............marci.xo (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, June 10, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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