Seamen’s Sacrifice

Ship askew ‘gainst pounding waves
We crew all stand, aghast
Our hearts aren’t nearly in their place
A-beating in our boots.

What foul-steamed beast have we released
By testing ice-tipped lake
What curse by hist-ry’s seamen have we
Raised by braving boats?

A-tempted by the calmer shores
We think to stay a-moored
When cry comes over radio:
A hapless vessel sinks.

“Remember Barb!” reminds the crew
A-bolstered, we set out
Our matron of the sea now scares
Away our shallow fears.

“Remember her!” beat hearts, returned
Whilst sea spray hisses by;
Remember seamen’s sacrifice
To rescue all in need.

©2020 Chel Owens

Inspired by Charli’s prompt to write about life savers on any body of water; in remembrance of her good friend, Barb Koski.

19 thoughts on “Seamen’s Sacrifice

  1. calmkate November 3, 2020 / 12:25 am

    sorry for your loss, a-sailors tale if I ever heard one 🙂

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  2. Lisa Bradshaw November 3, 2020 / 5:39 am

    Yip and the sacrifice of all who go out and save others in disaster times..

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  3. Charli Mills November 3, 2020 / 9:48 pm

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this, Chel! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Chel Owens November 3, 2020 / 11:13 pm

      ❤ You’re welcome.


  4. Norah November 4, 2020 / 4:18 am

    That is a wonderful response to Charli’s post, Chelsea, and a great tribute to the seamen and women, Barb included.

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    • Chel Owens November 5, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      Me, I’ve grown up landlocked. The sea terrifies me.

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