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The Devil's Tide

I looked up at a silver moon 
Peering through a cloud of misty gloom 
As we sailed across the Atlantic Sea 
That fateful night in June 
 
And as I stood upon the bow 
A furrow crossed my troubled brow 
When I saw a dying star fall from the sky 
As the wind out of the north 
Began to cry 
 
'Twas then with fearful heart 
I came at last to realize 
That we were sailing 
On a wave of ill-tidings 
Known as 'The Devil's Tide' 
 
For no omen of the sea 
Brought more fear than thee 
A fallen star -  a silver moon 
Together in the month of June 
If legend true would surely bring us doom 
 
So with no trace of land in sight 
We sailed onward through the night
I -  the Captain 'Louie Lou' 
With my faithful crew 
Aboard the 3 mast schooner 'Angel - of the Blue' 
On canvas wings we flew 
Upon the wailing wind that blew 
 
Then suddenly a hush of malaise 
Crushed the summer night
Filling all the crew with dreadful fright 
As all the stars in heaven lost their light 
And the silver moon dipped completely out of sight 
Leaving us to drift without guidance 
To our unknown plight 
 
An eerie sound began to roll out of the west 
Growing louder and louder as we held our breath 
Until it was upon us and the ship began rise 
As we looked in horror into the Devil's eye 
As the Angel of the Blue began to fly 
Up the Devil's breast she climbed 20 fathoms high 
 
One by one the Angel's wings were torn away 
As she fought to save us from the Devil's rage 
Screams of horror falling from her timber sides 
As the crew fell into the Devil's tide 
 
And I -  tethered to the helm -  watched them die 
As we climbed even higher into the Devil's eye 
And as the Angel's body creaked and cracked
We finally scaled the crest and rode upon the Devil's back
Just before I fainted and my world went black 
 
I woke up in the morning high on a mountain side 
Never knowing just how I had survived 
knowing only that my Angel and my crew had died 
 
~~~ 
 
Many years have come and gone since then 
And I am forever haunted by each and every one of them 
My faithful crew and my mighty 'Angel of the Blue' 
 
I see their faces in my dreams 
As I awaken to their screams 
Wishing, too -  that I had died 
But someone had to live 
To tell the tale of the 'Devil's Tide'.

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Author:  Elaine George
Entry for contest:  Legends
Awarded:  First Place





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  1. Date: 4/14/2011 6:28:00 PM
    I remember this one I think I saw it long ago, didn't I? A big congratulations on an excellent story!

  1. Date: 4/14/2011 7:51:00 AM
    This is wonderful Lainie...Congrats on your 1st place win. Jimmy

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 4:02:00 PM
    Great job; a real topper, lainie..Congrats on the award! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 9:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on your awesome Ist Place Win in the "Legends" Contest, Laine! Well done! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 6:26:00 AM
    Congratulations on the first place win in the contest, Elaine

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 5:09:00 AM
    Congratulations for your 1st Place win Lainie in the contest "Legends" sponsored by Carolyn Devonshire. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 3:16:00 AM
    Many Congratulations Elaine on your 1st place win in this amazing contest.Love, Gautami

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 10:28:00 PM
    Wow! Chills with this amazing and superbly written piece, Lainie! Very deserving of your awesome win! It was like I was there-- Wow indeed, bravo for this captivating & intriguing piece-- Super congrats to you & no worries with my name-- our names look too much alike-- heehee others have mixed us up ;) hugs :)

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 9:19:00 PM
    OMG Lainie, that was fantastic, what a well told story, held me mesmerized , I can see why it took first place, congrats

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 9:01:00 PM
    Congrats Elaine on your first place win in this contest with this superb write my friend.. enjoy with luv..

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 8:54:00 PM
    you are indeed a wonder to read, a well deserved number one, Lainie, awesome. Harry

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 6:34:00 PM
    A wonderful tale and congratulations for being at the top. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 5:22:00 PM
    You know I love this I have told you many times. Congrad's #1 gal. Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 5:22:00 PM
    Great Narrative you created, dear Lainie! Congratulations on your first place and thank you for your nice comment. Love, Iolanda (Andie:)

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 4:58:00 PM
    A devil of a tide Elaine and good to see you come out on top. Nice Job! Congratulations on your worthy poem's first place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 4:33:00 PM
    That was awesome!! Great narrative!!! Well deserved 1st place. Congratulations. Brian

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 2:53:00 PM
    Ok, I re-read this poem and I am putting you and this poem down in my favs.

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 2:50:00 PM
    This is fantastic, Elaine! I love a good story, and this is one. Great how you implemented fine rhymes and rhythm into this narrative. Congratulations on 1st place, you deserve it!

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 12:57:00 PM
    Congrats on a well written well deserved 1st Place, Elaine. Awesome. Nice going. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 12:43:00 PM
    Wow...Elaine...what a stunning tale this is! A true legend, it reads like a classic piece in a literary masterpiece! Well done..!!! Congratulations on your number 1 placement!! Love, Carrie

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