Ships in the night

Ships in the night

A Poem by Wild Rose
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Not passing a ship but a stationary oil rig

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Over night by boat 
Travelling while we sleep
Changing towns
Counties or continents
Tomorrow another place
Another Language

What do we miss in our slumbers 
People on the return 
From where we are heading
To where we left

The oil rig never sleeps 
Men on shift 
Keep it working
Through night and day

Illuminated by many lights
Of many colours 
The decks and stairs
Work places 
Living quarters 

The passing ship
Doth sway to the sea
Each dwell makes another line
Which is a mark of passing time 

Up and down
Up and down
Each sway is further on
Up and down
So it goes

The camera is stationary
According to the ship
The lights draw 
A pattern on the screen
Of the open lens



Pamela Bush 2018

© 2018 Wild Rose


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A thought voyage and wonderfully laid! Travelling by/on the water really covers a myriad of thoughts and you've told some wonders. Most of all though, an oil rig is a town in its own right: its population out there for days... managing, working, sleeping, waking, surviving - and surely, not always on calm waters.

This is such a fine piece of writing, should be read by far, far more. Thank you.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you > in day light it would just be a blob on the horizon in the dark all lights; the ships mo.. read more



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love this i love anything to do with boats and ships and water
you have done very well

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nice poem John would love to write like you please teach me

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

I am not a very good writer myself
I begin where I can with a picture; that gives me somethin.. read more
Benson Osuji

2 Years Ago

Ok thanks please review my latest works and tell me what you think
A wonderful use of description. I could feel the journey and see the ship. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you Coyote
Picture born of boredom > No entertainment on board
A boat designed .. read more
Coyote Poetry

2 Years Ago

You are welcome. I enjoyed your work today.
Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

No WORK any day now - That is retirement
emmajoy said i should read this..(and i try always to listen to what emma says) ... :)) i am a Navy Vet so i have a very good idea what the swaying is, however ... we don't often give much thought to those men and women that live out at sea on the rigs ... my neighbor is a crane operator on them and has been all over the world .. and he is not even 40 yet ;) the dangers just to get out to those rigs not to mention on and off them ... is extreme ... the bouncing and swaying make it a life threatening event every single time .. and the isolation ... even when the shore line is visible .. they have to be firemen, police, chaplain, cooks and bottle washers all among themselves ... their bravery is as those that serve in our military says i .. just for other reasons ;) very much enjoyed this seldom read theme ... good stuff for sure
E.

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Einstein Noodle

2 Years Ago

showing my dumb now...are you referring to the rigs as windmills?
Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

No windmills are as I say Planted in the sea > 70 or more now with a control platform They are suppl.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

i'm going to have to read up....do you mean wind power ....or are they windmills that pump oil?
Very creative way to take the classic line stated in your title to a new realm of understanding. I worked my share of graveyard shifts in my younger days, so I remember how it would be, looking out at the world flying by or sailing by or driving by or just sleeping for the night. When you're stuck in a bleak routine, it can seem the rest of the world is off doing more exciting stuff! Your message is thought-provoking! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you Margie: Yes you read the situation exact _ only an overnight traveller could understandread more
You portray the perfect picture of ships in the night. Drifting through on the dark cold waters, the many lights that barely illuminating the path under the star-studded night skies, meeting different people on different lands... sounds so romantic for the traveler in all of us, but for the oil rig it's a way of life. Beautiful writing!

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you for a lovely comment
A shot taken during a boring journey just to see what was cau.. read more
Mrudula Rani

2 Years Ago

You are most welcome. All the best. Mrudula
Who would have thought that an oil rig by night could provide such wonderful imagery. You have captured the scene very well, a most enjoyable read Wild Rose. One of your best, if not the best. Your posted image excellent.

Chris

Posted 2 Years Ago


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Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you Christine > The third night of our jouney to Iceland First on a boat second in a campsite .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Years Ago

Lovely to capture that on camera. Great job.
without any doubt whatsoever, this makes a fine read my friend....and has certainly changed my view of oil rigs and true.... Neville

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much > A chance shot produced out of the boredom of a long 2 days & 2 nights sea voyage.. read more
Neville

2 Years Ago

Always keep that camera handy my friend... N
You see the world in your own way and present it to us profoundly!....like, how many of us can see the hardwork of the men doin' in an oil rig....their motive isn't to roam the world but all is just to serve the people of digitalised generation....hardly I think they get a peaceful sleep in working days....
Thanks so much for writing this dear, tis a great read indeed...:)

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you Tashin dear
An overnight boat trip; Unable to sleep; Brightly lit oil rig; camera w.. read more
Tahsin.Z🍁

2 Years Ago

Hardwork brings the sweetest fruit!! You're heartedly welcome😊!!
A thought voyage and wonderfully laid! Travelling by/on the water really covers a myriad of thoughts and you've told some wonders. Most of all though, an oil rig is a town in its own right: its population out there for days... managing, working, sleeping, waking, surviving - and surely, not always on calm waters.

This is such a fine piece of writing, should be read by far, far more. Thank you.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you > in day light it would just be a blob on the horizon in the dark all lights; the ships mo.. read more

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