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A Sailor's Prayer
by Mac McGovern
Thursday, June 15, 2006
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A Sailor's Prayer

A sailor stands on the bow of his ship,
the wind, accelerated by her passage,
cutting deeply, pushes against his slender frame,
momentarily interrupting his thoughts,
as he balances, to counter the force,
raising his eyes, witness,
the stars shine intensely,
on this, blackest of nights,
flicker, producing a sight,
breath taking in its magnificence,
he sees none of this, eyes wide open,
sees only the vision in his thoughts

A sailor stands on the shore,
looking toward the horizon far and wide,
a gentle breeze is created,
by waves as they splash against, white sugary sand,
mussing his hair, raising locks, into the air,
to resemble the crest of a cockatoo,
staring intently into the depth,
crabs, scurry along the bottom,
a dolphin leaps, exhilarated at first light,
a passerby, pauses, delights at the sight,
he sees none of this, eyes wide open,
sees only the vision in his thoughts

A sailor lays in a mud slick hole,
looking ahead, at the top of a small hill,
the air is stiff, unmoving,
stifling, after midday thunderstorms,
providing no comfort to wet, cramped limbs,
staring intently at the hill,
a plane, comes from nowhere,
strafing along its crest,
shouts of pain reverberate,
throughout the narrow valley,
soldiers near, cheer at their demise,
showing no remorse as they die,
he sees none of this, eyes wide open,
sees only the vision in his thoughts

A sailor affectionately guides his ship,
higher through clouds, to crystal blue sky,
gives her lead, stretches,
racing toward, yet never reaching the horizon,
far below an eagle soars, towns, of various size,
pass quickly, commercial aircraft, on scheduled route,
appear to stand still, in the wake of his crafts,
incredible speed, he sees none of this,
eyes wide open, sees only the vision in his thoughts

Eyes wide open, countless times a day,
related not to time, or circumstance,
sailors performing daily tasks,
seconds to minutes every day,
pause, eyes wide open,
see only the vision in their thoughts,
as they pray

A retired sailor sits at his computer,
staring at a cursor blinking, constant,
annoying, a reminder, of passing time,
the television, plays in the background,
dinner being prepared, produces the usual sounds and smells,
a cat lies quietly upon his lap purring contentedly, he pays attention to none of this,
eyes wide open, sees only the vision of his thoughts,
as he prays

Lord, here my prayer,
send your angels,
to guard well, we sailors,
serving in your fleet,
protect us from harm or defeat,
give us guidance and wisdom,
to pursue diplomacy and peace
instead of hatred and war,
chosing life, over death,
when I die, permit me to appear first,
at your gate,
allow the devil to think I'm late,
and, before he realizes his mistake,
grant me entrance, and assign me to serve,
life eternal, in your heavenly fleet

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Reviewed by Eliane Mary (Reader) 3/11/2011
As a newcomer to AuthorsDen, the first text I came upon on was yours.
It's more a testimony than a poem, but feelings are showing and that, for me is already an effort of expression.
This text seems to be taylor-cut for my dearest friend with whom I shared it right away. A sign among many others. May the heavens protect him.
It might not be easy to read (with a few spelling mistakes) but it certainly gives a real-life view of a world that is so remote to ordinary citizens comfortably installed in their daily routine... as we say in French: ça sent le vécu !
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 8/1/2007
Hey Bud....

The critic you REALLY need to listen to is Andre...

He is a master poet AND critic. He has criticized my work before and I listened to him, and took no offense. And My stuff is better for it.
My take on this reader is he can't spell and has no grammatical form either..forget him, and anyway where is his work?

Oh, I did enjoy this. I too am a sailor but not military.

Reviewed by Mark Falkin (Reader) 7/20/2007
very fractured, hard to read, too much passive voice, hackneyed phrasing and motif. sorry. didn't think it was quality work although it is clear the writer has the drive to write something better. this site tends to engender lauditory "reviews" which are mostly unwarranted. i have some stuff on things site that are not all that great. criticism is a good thing. it makes good writers get better and convines the others to maybe try something else. this writer should keep at it.
Reviewed by Louisa Middleton-Blake 7/3/2007
Great Poem. Very powerful and thought provoking. You can almost imagine yourself right there, where everything is happening. It's almost like a full-length epic tale, condensed into one poem. Cleverly written, and as good as any "Sailors Prayer".

All the best, Louisa
Reviewed by Mike Raymond 6/21/2007
A jouney through a sailor's soul. Well done!
Reviewed by E. Richardson 12/14/2006
This ia grand bit of evoked memories of those months spend on ship during my service days.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/16/2006

The vision of a sage mind and matured soul show a picture of a sage human being in this magnificent poetic composition ~where wisdom abounds~ and the aroma of a heavenly candle scents the words of
“A Sailor's Prayer”.

Thank You, Poet for sharing Your wisdom and art, adding value to Poetry.

In gratitude and admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
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