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A Way Of Life
by Larry D Matthews

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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For generations they have risked their lives.


Moisture suspended in the dawn

Fog so thick like air you can drink

Dew soaks the traps on the lawn

You can smell that salt water stink.


First day of the season

No, not a day safe to go out

These are men without reason

On the water, they have no doubt.


Load the traps on the half ton

Race to the government dock

Hurry Lads, there’s lobster to be won

Hustle before tide uncovers the rock.


Bay of Fundy Tides over 50 feet

Catching lobster for generations

It’s the weather they have to beat

Man the boat at their stations.


All hands can be lost

Old man Neptune is the boss

Over the years at awful cost

Widows at home mourn their loss


Yet every season they set sail

Fearless of the seas they face

Waves crash against the rail

To set their traps a gallant race.


Over coming ocean storm

To catch that two clawed creature

Risking life is the norm

Ah the oceans angry nature.


Mothers,daughters,kids at home

Ever watching troubled skies

Their loved ones on the ocean roam

Worry fills their troubled eyes.


At last a tiny speck on horizon shows

The traps are set they’re coming home

Relief sets in as every one now knows

They’re safe for now until again they roam.


Luke August 15th 2010

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Reviewed by Thurman Faison 11/9/2010
You vividly portrayed the life of the fisherman. In particular the life of the lobster fisherman, I was right with you and visualizing what you were saying in this poem. I was reminded of some of the episodes of "The deadliest Catch" on TV. But you brought in the sacrifices that have been made and the sometimes sorrowful results of their trips at sea
Thank You
Reviewed by YADUVANSHI NEHA 8/20/2010
touched my heart...really wonderful piece of work...
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/19/2010
Your words give it creed, as it is no easy life...

Be always safe,

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