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A Perfect Storm

Beyond the bay the sun peeked o're the waves.
The calm belied what destiny would tell.
A statue peers where young men served and gave,
So far from Gloucester shores where seagulls yelled,
So far from sheltered harbors gentle swells.
Undaunted sailors dared the Flemish Cap -
Too far, as nature mixed a hopeless trap.

Like hungry beasts tempt fate to catch their prey
And stray beyond their tribal hunting grounds;
The George's Bank was left to stern that day
To go where surely greater catch abounds.
But while their hold was filled with bounty found,
Two angry storms swirled in a deadly dance
And left the Andrea Gail without a chance.

Her captain turned for port but could not know
Such wrath of nature blocked their pathway home,
And all the crew on wings of angels glowed
The face of God to trust and not to roam
Though oft in tumult's grasp they will bemoan
And think to sell their souls on Devil's waves
But safe in Heaven's grasp they will be brave.

Craig Cornish
For Gautami Phookan's Romanticism Contest
Gloucester Mass. is pronounced Gloster
Also Andrea Gail is poetic license meter wise

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  1. Date: 2/17/2014 8:52:00 AM
    True story as well! Read the book and watch the movie again and you'll be captivated. I've been to Gloucester Mass. several times. There is a memorial there that includes the names of the crew of the Andrea Gail. Over 4,000 fishermen have been lost at sea out of Gloucester.

  1. Date: 2/17/2014 3:23:00 AM
    I know of Andrea Doria, but can't remember the Andrea Gail. This is really well done, Craig. Big congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 2/16/2014 6:06:00 PM
    Poetic license meter or not this is beautiful; and perfectly matched to the form. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/16/2014 6:05:00 PM
    Congats Craig - Really nice flow and content in such a structured format

  1. Date: 2/16/2014 5:06:00 PM
    Very well stated... A favorite... Verlena-Dark Sunshine

  1. Date: 2/16/2014 2:01:00 PM
    Congratulations, Craig on your winning piece. Optional wording for line 14 might be "to leave Andrea Gail without a chance." The pronounciation is probably license still but the meter is better. I know "the" seems to indicate a ship rather than a person; but most would realize that without the modifier. Delightful piece.

    cornish Avatar craig cornish
    Date: 2/17/2014 8:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Reason, I considered that but "the" is important for the reason you alluded to but I might have considered it if it truly helped the meter but it doesn't because Andrea has a dactylic pronunciation ( / * * ) so it fails your way too but has more of a chance the way most us pronounce it in the US--AN drea--( / * ) thereby melding the final two syllables as one.
  1. Date: 2/16/2014 3:51:00 AM
    Beautiful piece on Romanticism, Congrats on the win, craig

  1. Date: 2/1/2014 9:31:00 AM
    My gosh Craig, you give such life to this deathly tale. You have written the rhyme and meter so perfectly. A perfect storm of poetry. How terrible that day for all at Gloucester shore. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 8:49:00 AM
    Love this, Craig, so much to take in... you have done so well for those lost... faving this... full of heart and courage, like the poet who penned this. Hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 1/24/2014 4:06:00 PM
    What a great poem. Its nice reading your piece once again. Keep on writing please.

  1. Date: 1/24/2014 9:57:00 AM
    This is so good Craig, I think it will do very well.

  1. Date: 1/23/2014 3:02:00 PM
    Lovely old antiquated talk, is always a great way to reach the romantic soul, there is great beauty in this poem Craig, much enjoyed the verse xxx