PORTRAIT OF A SEAMAN

SALTY

Midshipman


PORTRAIT OF A SEAMAN – 1939 – 45.

You may have seen him stagger on the street
and think, what a drunken fool!!
But did you ever think beyond the man,
who sails out from the “Pool.â€

He sails across the Atlantic,
so treacherous and grey,
dodging the packs of U-boats
out searching for their prey.

Where the lifeline of our nation
sails bravely to and fro
and the blazing scenes of stricken ships,
light the night in brilliant glow.

He watched his friends struggle to survive
in oil spewed fiery water
and watched them sink beneath the waves,
in a sea that gives no quarter.

He may be thinking of his fear of U-boats
when his ship is left behind,
or the bombers coming out of the morning sun,
all this can be on his mind.

He sails the murderous convoys
to Russia, the States and Malta,
though his days and nights are full of fear,
from his duty, he doesn`t faulter.


So when you see him on the street,
I ask you people, think!!
He`ll shortly be returning to the sea
And I think he has earned his drink.


SALTY
 

SALTY

Midshipman
dunkers said:
Salty how about posting all your poems on Rum Ration, they are really good.
Thanks Dunkers, I have a few of the sea but most are about all kinds of things, some funny some sad. :)
 
Another great poem Salty. Keep up the good work! I think we need a Poetry Corner with a thread entitled Salty's Sea Shanties - all poems which we could perhaps set to music.

Steve.
 
Always_a_Civvy said:
Another great poem Salty. Keep up the good work! I think we need a Poetry Corner with a thread entitled Salty's Sea Shanties - all poems which we could perhaps set to music.

Steve.
Yeah I could post all those dodge poems of my tortured life as a teenager from my diary about how the government were evil for not letting me marry both brothers from Bros

then again maybe not

WW
 

SALTY

Midshipman
Always_a_Civvy said:
Another great poem Salty. Keep up the good work! I think we need a Poetry Corner with a thread entitled Salty's Sea Shanties - all poems which we could perhaps set to music.

Steve.
Thanks Steve :)

Bob
 

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