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  • The Oarsman’s Beads

    Though damned, he’d not deride her, the sea, his lone provider,
    but there’s none who could survive her when she’s a raging mad.
    And he, in fear assuming, that death was surely looming;
    comes the ocean’s wrath consuming whatever hopes he had.

    Above, the heavens rumbling, from thunder, hail a tumbling,
    the squalls forever stumbling in the caustic spumes of brine.
    Fought brave through the depressions though ripped of his possessions;
    through angers and aggressions of a merciless design.

    Rowed on with aspiration, somehow to find salvation,
    an oarsman’s obligation, faced the fury of the seas.
    When smashed the boat’s devotion, so fierce the maddened ocean,
    he lost in the commotion where the tempest earns her fees.

    Let not how he surrendered be that how he remembered,
    his reasonings dismembered in the bedlam of the storm.
    Grasping at illusions, at the helm of his confusions,
    to steer the fierce intrusions through the wrecking of the norm.

    With faith, he would survive her, pray God, come civilize her;
    even He could not reprise her, His own beloved sea.
    For she, in dark a business, not practiced in forgiveness,
    there’s not a colder witness when the ocean comes for thee.

    And she, his life, his maker and now his undertaker,
    when broke the final breaker, breaking hopes into regrets.
    In gale, hail, his Glory BEs; tumbling skies and hoary seas,
    from bead to bead, his rosary beads, he prayed into the depths.


  • #2
    The verbiage of this poem, conveys the tempestuous nature of this man's struggle!

    A lexical onslaught with triumphant poetic effect!

    You never fail to captivate, with each and every tale!

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Dwayne, What a fine response and that you found it captivating, gladdens me. Thank you very much and may you and yours have a splendid new year. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #3
    Your stories grab the reader and pull them in for the ride. I’m a fan of your stories Tony.

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    • Tony Grannell
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      Hello AlexandratheLate, After all my years of telling stories, I finally have a fan - well, I'm just thrilled, really. Thank you so very much. May you and yours have a most enjoyable 2018. Do take care now, Tony.

  • #4
    Awesome Professor

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    • Tony Grannell
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      Hello Rhymeboy, Awesome, a giant of a word and most kind of you to say so and it is very much appreciated. A very happy new year to you and yours. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #5
    Ive always been partial to tales from the sea. I love this one !

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    • Tony Grannell
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      Hello lunar glide, Delighted you love this one and delighted to hear from you. I, too, enjoy seafaring tales, Thank you very much. Wishing you and yours a happy 2018. Fond regards, Tony,

  • #6
    Tony Grannell it ‘s amazing how you extracted all that rhyme from your story line. I see each word as a bead on the rosary. Another gem my friend across the pond. Bottoms up!

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    • Tony Grannell
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      Hello Bobby Bead by bead, indeed and into the depths of the unknown. Thank you very much for your fine response, most kind of you. Do take care now, Tony,
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