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The Midnight Watch

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The Midnight Watch


The Captain bellowed out the order,
soon after the midnight bell;
He said, "batten down the hatches boys,
we're in for a night a hell.

Seems storm force winds were brewin,
a Nor-easter in all it's might;
Sweeping down hard from Labrador,
with no shelter in plain sight.

The Deckies scrambled with precision,
and gave each dog an extra heave;
And never waivered from their duties,
amidst the pounding seas.

The water seeped in where ere it could,
and the cookie stored the mess away;
We all silently knew one truth,
there be no last meal this day.

The skipper yelled, "Hard into er",
as the wheelsman yanked the helm around;
The Mate watched into the blackness,
so no rogue wave would bring us down.

She blew herself out by mornin,
and ragin seas became gentle rolls;
And we silently gave thanks at breakfast,
for we never lost one soul.
 

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  1. Date: 11/2/2012 10:30:00 PM
    I love this from the first word on ;} thank you for reading my Lovers Quarrel ;}

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 3:08:00 PM
    that's wonderful to know: No last meal this day!! The seaman's life is a hard one. I enjoyed this tale.