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SAFARI
by Edwin Larson

Friday, December 10, 2004
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The Safari, she was bristol
At seventy-two feet
Twin Cummins pushed forty-five tons
Of mahogany and teak


I fell in love at her first sight
the purest I had known
This grand lady of the sea
Soon came to be my own


She taught this young man patience
She responded to my touch
We pushed each otherís limits
Sometimes a bit too much


Perhaps it was just petulance
Or maybe youthful greed
I wanted more than she could give
When she no longer filled my needs


Her new masters took her far away
A trip sheíd made before
Down the coast through
Panama
Toward the Puerto Rican shore


I believe that they were foolish
And I think she felt betrayed
When they sailed into a hurricane
that sent them to a deep dark grave


I canít help feeling guilty
not about that careless crew
But for the one I had forsaken
The first grand lady that I knew


 


Copyright ©2004 Edwin Dante Larson 


  



 

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Reviewed by Janet Parker 12/11/2004
Beautiful words. The vintage picture is really intriguing. You write with heart about two of my favorite subjects, ships and the sea.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/11/2004
Sounds like she truly was a very grand lady; and you must miss her terribly. Awesome picture, too.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 12/10/2004
thoroughly enjoyed this poem about a young man and the vessel and journey he remembers
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/10/2004
There is wisdom and truth expressed in these verses, Edwin. Thank you for sharing them. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by jude forese 12/10/2004
on this safari, the trophy is never to obtained but constantly sought after ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/10/2004
I agree with Thomas! This is a splendid poem Ed, and the message is a bonus! A wonderful wistful sharing thank you!
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 12/10/2004
Poet, this poetic treasure is an absolute wonderful expression of how in oneís urgent quest of youthful ambivalence tries to achieve a better tomorrow, will often forget to hold on to something or someone who originally brought one the happiness and fulfillment through trading up. Itís unfortunate that the volatile crew pushed that magnificent vessel beyond its and their limits. I guess thatís where this expression really would apply, ďa man must know his limitation.Ē Thanks for sharing your work. Take good care and be well.
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