mike ruthenbeck


Familiar Seas - Poem by mike ruthenbeck

I swear I've sailed this sea before,
These reefs familiar as songs of old
This wind, it tastes of yesteryears
My heart beats stronger, growing bold.

And I'm sure i know which coarse to take
A tight beam reach and she's on her way
The wind is howling across my face
Now even tastes of just yesterday!

But wait! stay sharp! see up ahead?
The sky is dark, the clouds increasing
The vessel pitches to and fro,
Third reef still calls for much policing!


I remember now, this wind is fresh
In fact it tastes just like right now!
With frozen fingers, salty lips
These monster waves pass under bow

And i swear I've sailed this sea before,
Weathered far worse storms than this
I remember now, more clear than before,
that first and fatal solemn kiss

And i swear this ship wont sink today,
Not on causes such as this
I'll sail straight on, just as before;
Not one step let my foot miss


And lead me to a sea on which I've never sailed before,
Where storms are triffle matters,
and peace sleeps soundly in my core.

Topic(s) of this poem: heartache, loneliness, loss, love and life, sailing, storm

Form: Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

a cliché sailing reference that worked out ok... meh...

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 3, 2015



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