Upon the Sea

Upon the Sea

A Poem by Fabian G. Franklin



Upon the sea; wind fills her sails;

Like the swollen belly of a starving ghost

And from the west she lifts her veils

Pulled by the breath of Zephyrus


The ocean cradles her wooden child

Gently rocking; her song unravels

Gulls screech high above the beach

Along the coast she swiftly travels


A sailor’s hand; hard-muscled, lean

Calloused from the yard ropes pulled

Steers the lonely barkentine

Where the gentle wind has lulled


Let her wander where she will

Across the oceans, vast and blue

Keep her from the doldrums still

Chase the breeze that blows so true


Great sailfish may spear the air

As dolphins school about her

And jellyfish without a care

Dance, moonlit, on the water


She will brave nor’easter’s blast

Pitch and woo the mighty waves

Until she finds her port at last

With her trembling cargo saved


© 2017 Fabian G. Franklin

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Absolutely superb poem Fabian, lots of vivid imagery and extraordinarily crafted lines, see:

Like the swollen belly of a starving ghost

It makes me want to take a voyage somewhere. Thanks for posting!

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Fabian G. Franklin

1 Month Ago

Thanks for reading and the kind comment. Bless.
Fantabulous. Transported me straight to a journey at sea,though I have never been to one. Thats hallmark of good writing.

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Fabian G. Franklin

1 Month Ago

Thank you my friend. You must visit the sea. It is a healing and awe inspiring place. Bless.

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Fabian G. Franklin
Fabian G. Franklin

Boone, NC

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