Translucent Waves

Ship on Stormy Seas, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1887)

Translucent Waves, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Came banging desperately at our boards
Like an unwanted vagrant in the night
These glowing liquid eyes took no pity
Rolled us as if we were inside a jug
The boatswain’s call fell screaming to the deck
Yielding to the crying of shrouds and stays
The bilge pumps slurped as if gasping for air
This mental torture continued for hours
Slowly the weight was lifted off our chests

Helios’s chariot enters the sky
Brought a joyous stillness with his fire ball
The waters became a soft lullaby
In the log book captain writes: Normal day
The swabbies claim there is none more fearless
Willing to take on Neptune at his call
Or a sea monster that may cross their path
But the truth is they are God fearing men
Understanding the power of Nature
Knowing when on her waters they are guests
Later at the pub there will be stories
Details in conflict are worked out with fists

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