Call to Sail

Call to Sail

A Poem by Joshua Carl Cruz

Push out to sea
Waves, wrestling...
Oars, beating...
Winds, singing...
Push out to sea
Oceans, settling...
Nights, glimmering...
Whales, whispering...
Push out to sea
With a polly on yer shoulder
and yer mateys in yer corner...
Past the swooping seagulls screaming...
Push out to sea
Past the sandy shallows
off of Stoney Beach Shore...
Some thousands of leagues 
past the equater... 
Some thousands of leagues, 
perhaps more...
Push out to sea
Where the weather tests yer measure
and the ocean's open desert...
Where the darkness is synonomous with the deep...
Push out to sea
Over the swells of your imagination...
Billowed taut with expectations 
for the places she's yet to go... 
The Watery Maiden's calling you home...
Push out to sea
And remembering the poems
that you're never letting go of
(grizzled some, and guzzling grog)
you're standing at your window
and (brandishing your thimble)
shouting in slurred, syllabic song:

Ye Capitans!  Ye Crewmen!
Ye scallywags!  Ye swabs!
Ye bilge-rats!  Ye brave lads!
Me hearties!  Yar-har!
Batton down hatches...!
Push out to sea
Lash down the mizzen...!
Push out to sea
Hornswaggle hemp halters...!
Push out to sea
Brave sailors salute...! 
Brave crewmen we sing...!
Brave sailors we...!
Push out to sea
Assemble the men...!  
Adventure begins...!
Brave sailors we...!  
Push out to sea
We sailors we...!
Push out to sea
Brave sailors we...! 
Push out to sea
Give way the oars...!
We're climbing aboard...!
We sailors we...! 
Push out to sea
We sailors we...!
Push out to sea

© 2017 Joshua Carl Cruz



Author's Note

Joshua Carl Cruz
Revision of an earlier thought. hope to make it a musical one day wink nod and smile.

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As I've said before, I know little about poetry so can only react for what that's worth. So, I like this, especially the first half. It seems to me that the tone changes when you turn to "ye captains, etc...." Yes, I see that you use "yer" earlier on which is a hint of what's to come. It's just that for me the first half feels like a romantic ode to sailing while the second half feels like a bawdy drinking song about pirates. It may not be an issue--just something I noticed. So nice to see you back on Writerscafe. Maybe I'm wrong but seems you've been away for a while.

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As I've said before, I know little about poetry so can only react for what that's worth. So, I like this, especially the first half. It seems to me that the tone changes when you turn to "ye captains, etc...." Yes, I see that you use "yer" earlier on which is a hint of what's to come. It's just that for me the first half feels like a romantic ode to sailing while the second half feels like a bawdy drinking song about pirates. It may not be an issue--just something I noticed. So nice to see you back on Writerscafe. Maybe I'm wrong but seems you've been away for a while.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Joshua Carl Cruz
Joshua Carl Cruz

Mexico City, D.F., Mexico



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