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Behind His Knowing Eyes

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Behind His Knowing Eyes

While in the moonlit night he stood,
his crew below asleep,
the captain gazed with knowing eyes
upon the ocean deep.

A sinister tranquility 
was fleeing in the path
of moaning wind grown resolute
in showing forth its wrath.

The moon, a pale pearl paradox,
stared calmly down at him.
Then angry clouds obscured her face
and everything was dim.

Behind the captain’s knowing eyes,
his thoughts had grown astray.
They took him to another place
where once he used to play.

He stood among the acres of
unmoving solid ground,
and other waves were stalks of grain
the wind blew all around.

The first of many undulations
crashed onto the ship.
He pictured rippling golden wheat
and felt his vessel dip.

The men, awakened, clamored now.
He prayed their deaths be swift
and gripped the wheel to navigate
a ghastly forceful lift.

Imagining hot prairie sun,
he viewed the huge cold swell
that came to bury them. . . and closed
those eyes that knew too well.

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  1. Date: 11/4/2014 7:30:00 AM
    This one among many is one of my favorites. I know it is listed under rhyme but is it a specific form that the soup does not list?

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 2:48:00 PM
    Andrea...this is absolutely wonderful...congratulations... a thriller...

  1. Date: 6/13/2013 10:46:00 AM
    Andrea, this is so good! Powerful images, dramatic and tragic. Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 6:59:00 PM
    Ohhh [pale pearl paradox!] very nice! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 4:03:00 PM
    Wonderful and classic piece,Andrea...Congrats on your super win...

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 2:23:00 PM
    This makes me think of the old poems of seamen, and voyages where legends were made in classic poetry. I wonder where you were inspired? Great work once again, Andrea!

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 1:07:00 PM
    This is a story that sailors might all have in a fearful place in the back of their mind. Your powerful story-telling is matched only by the oceans forcefulness. RAY

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 6:10:00 AM
    congrats on ypour win Andrea

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 6:00:00 AM
    congrats again for this winner, andrea, it's an eerie and unsettling one, I see I commented on it before, still love the imagery and alliteration :)

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 11:23:00 PM
    This is pretty good Andrea! Congrats on your well deserved win. AO

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 8:44:00 PM
    Andrea, terrific write. congrats. randy

  1. Date: 9/21/2011 2:59:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest of P.D. "Your (OWN) Favorite Poem" Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 7:54:00 PM
    congrats on your 1st place in p.d's contest, I haven't seen this one before, well the imagery certainly works well andrea, and "pale pearl paradox" oh yeah! great alliteration!

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 6:52:00 PM
    Nice piece ,Andrea.Congratulations on well deserved win.....Thanks for your comments and encouragement friend...keep flying...

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 6:43:00 PM
    Congrats Andrea on first place win with this awesome poetry my friend..luv.. we are one third moved..oh..

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 5:16:00 PM
    Ohh it so feels like one of my favorites The Highwayman! Congrad's light & love

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 1:20:00 PM
    Many many congratulations, dear friend.Beautiful presentation of an interesting tale.Above all thanks a lot for soup mail.You gave me valuable information.You are indeed a great poet,besides a friend seas seas beyond.Goodnight from Kerala,India.FABIYAS

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 12:36:00 PM
    A style I favor also. However, I like your better. Congratulations on your win Andrea.

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 12:25:00 PM
    Congratultions on the first place win in the contest of P.D., Andrea

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 11:44:00 AM
    Andrea- Wow...this is a GREAT example of telling a story in an unique way-that is so cool :) Congrats.!