Ivan Sokac

Rookie - 329 Points (15.03.1975. / Belgrade (Serbia))

Ships - Poem by Ivan Sokac

When you fall asleep, dream of ships;
they always return…
So does my soul return on the morn
having navigated the "northern sea route".

When you fall asleep, dream of ships,
because they rid you of the great anger;
with it they smash the ice, and sailing on
they leave it in the depths of the Mariana,
where the worlds of darkness touch…

When you fall asleep don't worry where I am;
I am already making your coffee,
a refreshment from the voyage,
and you will show me the silk nightgown
that smells of cocoons, old mulberry trees
and the spirits of the eastern sun.

When you fall asleep always dream of ships.
They return…
If once they do not, don't worry,
I will wait for you at the bottom of the ocean.
To be the nymph's servant and carry her lantern
where the worlds of darkness touch…

Topic(s) of this poem: love and dreams

Form: Ballad


Comments about Ships by Ivan Sokac

  • Carl Roussell (5/20/2018 9:05:00 PM)


    Nice nautical imagery, especially the last verse. A 10. Congratulations on Poem of the Day (Report) Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 10:02:00 PM)

    There is hope for returning back of dream ships. If not, still there is no need to worry. There is promise to wait with patience for ships. This last stanza conveys message of promise and patience of waiting. Yes Carl, you have nicely witnessed Ivan's nautical imagery in this poem.

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  • Augusto Lunedi (5/20/2018 8:31:00 PM)


    A lovely poem. I enjoyed the reference to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Pacific, which is also the deepest ocean.
    Very enjoyable.
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    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 9:58:00 PM)

    I like your feedback in this poem and hope Ivan will also like this. I have enjoyed this lovely poem too like you have enjoyed.

  • (5/20/2018 8:30:00 PM)


    that's where i work
    all my life...actually
    tomorrow i am
    going to ship.
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    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 9:56:00 PM)

    Your feedback in this poem is very amazing and interesting.

  • (5/20/2018 4:54:00 PM)


    A good poem of dream keep it up (Report) Reply

    (5/20/2018 5:40:00 PM)

    We agree with your opinion.

  • Lodigiana Poetess (5/20/2018 11:50:00 AM)


    I totally agree with all the wonderful comments already made..A wonderfully uplifting poem that creates memorable and long lasting images in my mind. Congratulations on your nomination..a well deserved one! ...+++10
    Lodigiana x
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    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:43:00 PM)

    You are very right Lodigiana. This poem is wonderfully uplifting and I too witness that this is creating a long lasting image.

  • Bharati Nayak (5/20/2018 11:38:00 AM)


    When you fall asleep always dream of ships.
    They return…
    If once they do not, don't worry,
    I will wait for you at the bottom of the ocean.
    To be the nymph's servant and carry her lantern
    where the worlds of darkness touch…

    - - - - - - - -Love is a beautiful dream which gives hope and strength.Even when one is hopeless, lover's reassurance is like the light to overcome the darkness.Congratulations for Poem of the Day.
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    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:41:00 PM)

    The lines you have recited from this poem are lovely. Love in both reality and dream gives strength. Overcoming darkness through light is definitely good. Ivan will like your feedback.

  • Alam Sayed (5/20/2018 11:17:00 AM)


    A good poem of basically Romantic sensibility. (Report) Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:39:00 PM)

    You have rightly captured romantic sensibility in Ivan's poem. You have understood this poem very well.

  • Anil Kumar Panda (5/20/2018 7:11:00 AM)


    Intelligent use of imagery to make it a beautiful poem. Enjoyed reading.Really so nice. Congrats! ! ! (Report) Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:37:00 PM)

    You are very right dear poet friend Anil. Ivan is very intelligent to use imagery and express properly in this poem.

  • (5/20/2018 6:37:00 AM)


    Part 3
    A 10 for this poem, onto MyPoemList and the poet, Ivan to MyFavouritePoet list.
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  • (5/20/2018 6:36:00 AM)


    Part 2


    Reference to Mariana Trench adds to iJts beauty, for Mariana does not just signify depth and profoundness. It signifies peace, calmness and orderliness. Because it is part of Pacific Ocean. Of course, due to its depth underwater, it connotes darkness as well. Great poem. (Continued)
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  • (5/20/2018 6:32:00 AM)


    Hi Ivan,
    Congratulations on getting selected as Poet of the Day. This wonderful poem definitely deserves the honour.

    Very profound poem. Ships are used effectively used as an image to render the love song far from being sentimental.
    (Continued)
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    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:35:00 PM)

    This is definitely very nicely penned wonderful poem and Ivan deserves this day with his lovely poem.

  • (5/20/2018 5:37:00 AM)


    an imaginative poem of travelling to a place where love awaits maybe? ............well written Ivan (Report) Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:34:00 PM)

    Travelling to a place gives amazing experience and Ivan has beautifully presented his imagination. I agree with you Sir Tom.

  • Lantz Pierre (5/20/2018 4:17:00 AM)


    I've read all four of your poems. Moving work. I like that you've developed a specific vocabularly that rolls through the work. I can feel you working through an emotional idea. I also like how your poems all remind me of villanelles. But aren't. It seems both apt and important. Breaking convention while somehow still paying tribute to it. I also can't escape the feeling that these are messages from a dying man to his surviving lover and/or dear ones. (Report) Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:32:00 PM)

    Dear poet, this work has definitely come out from Ivan's emotional experience. We are glad that he has developed. This poem is definitely a moving work. Taking part in such a poetic discussion about poem of the day we feel glad.

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/20/2018 3:34:00 AM)


    Dear Ivan, such a splendid poem of the day.... congrats for being chosen....... huge 10+++++ (Report) Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:29:00 PM)

    I appreciate your effort Bernard. We have got opportunity to read this splendid poem of the day and editors have nicely selected this. Ivan will like your feedback.

  • Britte Ninad (5/20/2018 1:21:00 AM)


    nice lovely words-

    When you fall asleep always dream of ships.
    They return…
    If once they do not, don't worry,
    I will wait for you at the bottom of the ocean.
    To be the nymph's servant and carry her lantern
    where the worlds of darkness touch…

    great 10+++++
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    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:26:00 PM)

    The return of ships come alive and we get a clear picture of reality after reading this lovely poem. You are very right in opinion. The poet will like your feedback.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/20/2018 1:06:00 AM)


    Refreshment from the voyage! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:25:00 PM)

    This poem refreshes mind is very true. You are very right dear poet. I witness your effort is very tender and supportive.

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 12:37:00 AM)


    Congratulations! Your outstanding poem is selected as the poem of the day in member section and we are glad to read this lovely poem. Ships come in dream in sleeping condition. Soul returns to morn. A nice imagery of experience is brought up ahead with lovely picture as cover and we wait you near the ocean. World of darkness touches to search light of life. This poem is very brilliantly penned...10 (Report) Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:24:00 PM)

    I have just read this poem once more. This is very lovely.

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/20/2018 12:16:00 AM)


    Congratulations on your poem of the day. In my view, you should have made the last stanza the first, working on the fantasy theme. (Report) Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 3:23:00 PM)

    Greeting a friend is good attitude.

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