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Below is the poem entitled WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSE which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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If these winds prevail and those whitecaps stretch
you will soon feel the Bluenose slice the sea; 
Need sets our course, but adventure etches
a compass on hearts, sets each drifter free. 
Friend, just get your sea legs, fear not the waves.
I'm an ole salt dog, sure ‘nuff, yet this ship,
sailing, schools me still, conditions the brave.
Right as rain, this life, but no fisher slips 
behind in duties lest a nor’easter whip.

Like my father and his father a’fore,
a  calling I heard, a trade that e’er will
bridge the past to today’s uncertain shore. 
Over and over, we cast these nets 'til
troubled brows lower for all onboard dread
water hauls. Damn cod drowsing in deep beds. 

I will teach you much, maybe swing the lamp,  
Will  you try and listen, do pride you stow,
ease your mind for I see those eyes are damp
your  young wife, you miss, Lad, aye, this I know.
mind the sails, then, and let us steady go!

About this Poem

The Bluenose was a fishing schooner so iconic of Canada that it is on our dime. 
It fished for cod, but was also is renown for winning races.

Waterhauls: a fishing net that catches nothing but water

Swinging the lamp: Telling sea stories. Referring to lamps slung from the deckhead 
which swing while at sea. 

Steady go: A command to the helmsman to maintain the course carefully.

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  1. Date: 3/14/2014 4:29:00 PM
    Soup Mail!

  1. Date: 3/11/2014 6:11:00 PM
    BRAVO!!! And this old salt appreciates the many accurate nautical references!!

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 10:18:00 AM
    Ahh!! Great quality poetry!! Way to go with this win..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 5:57:00 AM
    expressive and intriguing write Cyndi congrats on win hugs

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 5:29:00 AM
    Flowing verse with lovely acrostic. Congrats on the win. cyndy

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 12:39:00 AM
    Cyndi, I love all things nautical, and so I love your poem...what an unexpected direction...and voice I read here. Grats! CTB

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 7:07:00 PM
    Cyndi, what a wonderful way to show a different form of friendship in the live at sea, congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 7:05:00 PM
    Cool idea for poem and great win!

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 6:45:00 PM
    You took these words and made them your own. A great win. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 5:53:00 PM
    Captains Courageous! One of my favorite movies! A wonderful, oblique approach to the theme. Your usual high standard for the technical aspects, of course. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 3/6/2014 9:02:00 AM
    I like where you took the contest Cyndi, this read like fishermen of old, I'm doing fine love, but like you, I 'm counting my days to spring, it is my Birthday today, this old girl just turned 55, wow, isn't that a whopper, sending u my love, got to go now, my son is taking me out for breakfast, kiss xxx

  1. Date: 3/5/2014 5:18:00 PM
    soup mail....

  1. Date: 3/4/2014 12:23:00 AM
    Wow! I'm fairly well read and somewhat experienced with the sea, but I couldn't have written this at all. I admire what you've done here so much. Pity us poor amateurs.

  1. Date: 3/1/2014 10:29:00 AM
    Thanks for stopping by my poetry Cyndi amidst your busy family activities.Trust you are finding a few minutes each day for your novel.Have a good weekend.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 3/1/2014 8:11:00 AM
    cool story Dee, how's your fiction writing coming? Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/1/2014 3:52:00 AM
    cyn, cyn.. the permanence of nature through a swirl of lines equals a fluid movement of this piece!.. you always find a way to touch my inner core... may we teach children what we truly come to know as life-giving.. love the ole english appeal!.. damn great write, soul sis.. huggs