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Nightmare At Sea
by Annabel Sheila
Thursday, July 08, 2010
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Restless last night....bad dreams, sleeplessness....this poem is a product of my restless night....guess my muse was right there with me.....


Monstrous waves in the blackest of nights,
Tossing their ship onto massive crests,
Before dropping them into bottomless caverns.
Exhausted they clung to whatever they could
Praying that Neptune soon release his deathly grip!
Shattered timbers and broken rails,
Evidence of the brutal assault the storm had unleashed.
Prayers were all they had now,
For the souls of fellow crewmembers already lost,
And for the hope that lives in every human heart!
The unrelenting sea cruelly ravaged their vessel,
As it tortured their weary minds!
And the incessant nightmare continued!
Long into a starless night, the savage wind howled,
Like a thousand banshees hungry for blood!
Neptune’s rage at their struggle to survive,
To deny him his spiteful will,
Turned the vicious winds around once more,
Sending the storm back toward the crippled ship.
Waves like mountains ripped into her hull,
As the men cried out and faced their doom!
When night finally released its grip,
And a glorious sunrise, glimmering on a calm sea
Overtook the last remnants of darkness,
There was not a trace of the ship.
The bodies of the fishermen,
Spoils of war in Neptune’s deep!
His wrath had been appeased,
But the souls of the fisherman were home at last!

© Annabel Sheila

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Reviewed by Rose Rideout 7/11/2010
Oh Annabel I have had the last two nights like this and I don't take kindly to it. Great descriptive write.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/10/2010
Intense and dramatic ~ on nights like this there are just so many hours until morning! By the way, my great grandfather drowned in the sea in Wales, and this poem takes me there ~
Reviewed by Andy Turner 7/10/2010
...then you fall asleep once more, only to find yourself back in the same dream.

This is a blast of a poem. Relentless. Yet I can imagine seamen of yore telling such verse over a pint of ale and a tot of rum.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/9/2010
Quite an epic sea tale, Annabel.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/8/2010
If I didn't already know, this would confirm to me that you are indeed a Newfoundlander for like myself I grew up on stories of the sea and the dangers and the tribulations of the men who called her home.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 7/8/2010
Annabel, this old dog likes the way you write
and the way you spend your sleepless nights.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/8/2010
Very powerful and lifelike. Neptune seems to be cranky lately. Patrick
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 7/8/2010
As one that has been to sea in winds and rain and waves such as you describe, even in a ship of steel, the foot slipping rolling and deep, shuttering dives into and out of a waves trough are seen and felt within your words.
Your friend, Mark
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 7/8/2010
I agree with Jeanette, WOW. This is definitely a descriptive write that puts the reader "right there." I really enjoy poems that tell a story like this. Well done!

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 7/8/2010
WOW! The descriptive images in this are wonderful. Reading it put me right there. Great write!
Reviewed by David Maclellan 7/8/2010
Gave me goosebumps reading this one Anna! As I read, there is a storm howling outside at this minute and I am thinking how grateful I am to be on a ship right now. Your poem really comes to life in this weather!
Calm sailing to you, David
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