A Song Before Sailing Poem by Bliss William Carman

A Song Before Sailing

Rating: 3.1


Wind of the dead men's feet,
Blow down the empty street
Of this old city by the sea
With news for me!
Blow me beyond the grime
And pestilence of time!
I am too sick at heart to war
With failure any more.
Thy chill is in my bones;
The moonlight on the stones
Is pale, and palpable, and cold;
I am as one grown old.

I call from room to room
Through the deserted gloom;
The echoes are all words I know,
Lost in some long ago.

I prowl from door to door,
And find no comrade more.
The wolfish fear that children feel
Is snuffing at my heel.

I hear the hollow sound
Of a great ship coming round,
The thunder of tackle and the tread
Of sailors overhead.

That stormy-blown hulloo
Has orders for me, too.
I see thee, hand at mouth, and hark,
My captain of the dark.

O wind of the great East,
By whom we are released
From this strange dusty port to sail
Beyond our fellows' hail,

Under the stars that keep
The entry of the deep,
Thy somber voice brings up the sea's
Forgotten melodies;

And I have no more need
Of bread, or wine, or creed,
Bound for the colonies of time
Beyond the farthest prime.

Wind of the dead men's feet,
Blow through the empty street;
The last adventurer am I,
Then, world, goodby!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 03 December 2015

He is a master - - he sails this poem through the gloom and pain of this world and makes us fear the deep

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Bernard F. Asuncion 21 January 2017

Nice poem..... Thanks for sharing......

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Indira Renganathan 21 January 2017

A touching dolorous poem indeed- -10++++

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Tom Allport 21 January 2017

great write of what was and what is to come to us all?

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Sylvaonyema Uba 21 January 2017

A good display of quatrain. An excellent use of rhyme and sound effects. Nice poem! Sylva-Onyema Uba

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Amar Agarwala 21 January 2017

Reading the verses of William Carman for the first time. And found it really nice.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 21 January 2017

Awesome and superb poem that is rich in rhyme and rhythm and at the same time is with deep meaning. Thanks for sharing it here.

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M Asim Nehal 21 January 2017

Nicely thought and written, thanks for sharing it and congrats for the honours.

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Mountain Man 21 January 2017

Love this poem & where it leads.

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