Of Ships And The Sea

Rating: 4.9
Sing me a song of fine old ships,
Of fine old ships and the sea,
With hulls that ply the rolling waves
Like a claymore flying free;
And bulkheads that can bear the strain
All built of wood and steel,
That rise up like a cathedral
From a massive bolted keel.

Sing me a song of hardy men,
Who toil in the shipwright's trade,
Who bend their backs from dawn 'till dusk
By whom these ships are made.
For months on end with saws and nails,
With red hot bolts and steel,
They build a ship from bilge to deck
On a massive bolted keel.

Sing me a song of men that sail
In ships on the seven seas,
Who ride the waves in storm and gale
And laugh with the ocean's breeze;
Who man the decks in rain or shine
In ships of wood and steel,
With hulls that rise like a great church roof
From a massive bolted keel.


From massive bolted keels they rise,
These ships of wood and steel,
Built by men who toil all day,
With muscle, sweat and zeal.
Built with the shipwright's craft and skill
For the lads who sail the seas,
Who ply the foam in a hull for home,
And laugh with the ocean's breeze.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: ocean,sailing,sailor,sea,ship
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
I have long loved sailing ships, and stories and movies about them. I have even spent a few months designing and making a couple of models to erect inside bottles. Fascinated with the subject, I empathize with the men who built them and the men who sailed in them. It was a tough life on the sea, but with great craft and skill ships that could ply the waves were built and our world discovered as a result.
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COMMENTS
Chinedu Dike 02 June 2018
Your love for ships and sailing is aptly captured in the poem. A creative and compelling composition embellished with poetic rhyme and rhythm. Beautiful work of art. Thanks for sharing Neil.
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Well Chinedu, you went the extra mile to find out what I have written. Thank youfor doing so and for expressing appreciation for my works. Neil
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A very impressive poem. Beautifully crafted write. I am always enraptured by the beauty of ships. Ships have been important contributors to human migration and commerce and even civilization. Congratulations for this marvelous poem.10
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Yes you have expressed my own feelings about water craft. They were the way forwards!
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Thank you so much for your comment!
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Mahtab Bangalee 26 May 2018
in this poem the life of human being is touched keenly. nice and great 10++++
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Thank you so much for seeing that and for saying it, writing it!
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Bharati Nayak 26 May 2018
Sing me a song of hardy men, Who toil in the shipwright's trade, Who bend their backs from dawn 'till dusk By whom these ships are made. For months on end with saws and nails, With red hot bolts and steel, They build a ship from bilge to deck On a massive bolted keel.- - - - -The mystery of sea, the courage , the hardships and endurance of man to conquer the sea are wonderfully captured in this poem.Congratulations for this beautiful poem.
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It has been an uplifting experience for me to feel embraced by a community of peers in their reaction to this poem. Thank you. Neil
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Kim Barney 26 May 2018
An excellent poem, made even better by your fine reading of it. Outstanding job, and congratulations on having it selected as member poem of the day!
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I am grateful to all of my poetry peers who have left such great comments here.
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Muzahidul Reza 26 May 2018
sea is a term of curious always and ship is more such, ......... your poem has wonderfully matched these two things together, well done, congratulations, and thanks for sharing the poem with us, if you can manage time, please, visit my poems
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Thank you so much for making the effort to give such a nice review. I really appreciate it. Sincerely Neil McLeod
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Gerald Keogh 26 May 2018
That’s beautiful Seafaring ditty
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Cheers Gerry,
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Adamm Gritlefeld 26 May 2018
Wonderful, it puts you right in the middle of the workers who built them, and the sailors who sailed them. I loved it.
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Cheers Adamm, I so appreciate your great review!
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Ruta Mohapatra 26 May 2018
A nice descriptive poem about adventurous men!
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Thank you Ruta. Shukria!
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Sarah Persson 26 May 2018
An excellent poem Neil, congratulations on Poem Of The Day. One of the best Ive seen on here. Paint yourself proud. Voted a massive 10
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Well I am just jazzed now with all you fine folks saying nice things about this poem. Thank you all so much. Neil
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