Sailors Away At Sea On The Grog Poem by Terence George Craddock

Sailors Away At Sea On The Grog

sailors on sailing ships
faced many day night dangers
perils weather storms
cold heat currents rocks;
running aground pirates
fires on ships sinking shipwrecks
wars plagues ship illness
one remedy for sailors was grog;

smoking can help prevent
colds smoke heat in throat
as opposed to cold moist;
air alcohol in blood stream
has a preventive effect
on bacteria virus infections;

but duration level severity
of intoxication causes other health
problems, an ancient remedy
for at risk sailors was grog;
containing fruit juice drunk
during slow wind sailing era
fruit juice contained necessary
vitamin C helped prevent scurvy;

water often went foul in barrels
rum was issued in royal navy
spirits like gin were onshore drunk;
at beginning of pandemic outbreaks
desperate times called for desperate
measures moral hope sought solutions;

drunk drowning sorrows on land
a daily measure of navy rum at sea
in an age of more future advanced;
medicine developed vaccinations
an offer researched healthier proves
longer lasting life saving solutions;


Terence George Craddock (Afterglows Echoes Of Starlight)
Copyright © Terence George Craddock

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Split image from the poem 'Smokers Inhaling Smoke Or Viruses', by the poet Terence George Craddock. Written in July 2023 & June 2024 on the 29.7.2023&8.9.2024.
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