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