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Eleuthera Prayer
by Van Gerry
Friday, June 20, 2008
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Dear God: If I can't 'make it', please let me 'fake it'!

ELEUTHERA PRAYER
 
Oh Lord! Look at me:
A sinner!
I sinned with the Captain's crew last night!
And when we reach this port again,
I know I'm going to sin again!
So...
Pull up the anchor!
Let go the ropes!
We're off to Eleuthera,
The land of high hopes!
 
The Bridge arches above,
Leading to Paradise -
So they say -
But that's for City folk,
And my rocky road to Heaven
Goes the ‘ Six Schilling’ way!
 
The old girl gives a shiver
As she meets the cut, and...
Oh God!
My belly's swinging with her!
The memory of rum, beer...
And hot kisses,
Sear so sour in my mouth,
As we steer to the south!
 
Lord, I want to be yours,
And patch up my flaws,
But...
There's that sweet warm memory
From Spanish Wells,
When, in the deep dark of night,
All cats were gray!
And so in Bluff...
And so in Bogue...
And double so in Hatchet Bay!
 
Let go the anchor!
Throw out the ropes!
We're near to Eleuthera,
The land of high hopes!
 
Oh Lord! Look at me:
A sinner!
But...
I sinned with so many, many more last night,
And when we reach this port again,
I know I'm going to sin again!
And again, and again, and again …
 
The odds against are all so strong;
How can I miss to do what’s wrong?
The Church’s doors are open wide,
Why can’t I step to move inside?
My hands are clasped for another prayer,
But the view outside is tempting fair:
 
‘Oh Lord, I want to be yours,
And patch up my flaws…’
But…
An’ ‘but’ and ‘but’ again,
My foot won’t fit that narrow lane.
 
Tomorrow’s tomorrow an’ today’s today:
With Bluff an’ Bogue an’ Hatchet Bay;
Wells an’ Briland cross the way;
My Central pals, my Southern gals:
Ready an’ able when I slip ma cable!
 
Eleuthera is my stamping ground
From Bight to Creek, from Sound to Sound!
 
So dearest Father, I won’t forget;
But …
The time for me is not just yet!
 
 
Dedicated to all the St. Augustans amongst us
 
 

 

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Reviewed by Regina Pounds 8/19/2009
A sea-faring man who has a sense of humour...I imagine his Lord might be grinning just a little...

Gina
Reviewed by John Domino 7/30/2008
Enchanting and highly spiritual. Well done!
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/25/2008
We all sin, it is a universal thing, noone is perfect, but God was and we need to ask for forgiveness too as you did her. Meanwhile to be a loving person in God's sight is alright, and he wants us to be happy down here on earth. He is a forgiving God but we still must try to do our best and abide by his teachings as closely as we can even though it is so hard to do sometimes. God Bless You
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/20/2008
Vangerry, you nailed this one. A universal hymn for those
who go to sea in ships...to seek love in every port...and
perhaps redemption in the heat of night. A beautiful prayer.
- gene.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/20/2008
An outstanding poem! My brother a first mate,and my uncle a captain, would have loved this. Beautifully done!...ET



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