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The Whore and the Sea part 2

You know sailor man,
You woke the spirit in me
I thought you were drunken and carefree
I could not hope or dream
The whore of the seas must take her place
I was of the lowest cast
The lowest morale
After you
I was with a baby you see
I had to run to the mountains
Alone and far from the salt air
To give this child more hope
Than could ever exist for me

The sailor of the seas seems touched
He truly had tears running down his face
He continued his side of the tale

Ah me lady, the winds of the east
The winds of the west
The ghosts of the past
The Moons pull
And this young mans wonder
Have aligned to bring us to a truth

Your child, was my child
Your love was my hope
For the seed of life to continue
For better times
I have walked these shores
As you
For a thousand years and more
Seeking solace
Seeking you
The gods have seen to this
I have escaped the fires below
In search of you

I knew not what was love
Until I knew you
Only upon me death
Did I see what was lost
The sea is vast
Your love vaster still 
Even we, as the people of ancient times
In this moment
On this shore
We our bound by this immortal love

As they spoke the winds howled
The sands tossing in the wind
I felt nothing
Riveted to these phantoms of other destinies
Why was I here?
Did I fall upon time itself?
The answer was to become shockingly clear

The Princess of the sea was both 
Sad and smiling
She touched the sailor’s hand
And said,

We have taken a thousand years to know love
To know we were loved
To know we died in sadness and emptiness
To what ends are we here
What have the gods planned?
You in hell
Me trapped upon the shores of my service?
Why, why sailor man, must we weep now
At the love we had
Yet never shared?

He smiled
He caressed her hair
Gently he whispered to her
We shall wander these shores
For a thousand years and more
We now have found serenity
We know deeply the erotic desires
Of the spirit
We are here my love
For a special reason

I await your answer she said!
He replied;
A thousand years have passed
Here on this shore
I saw your eyes fall upon the young man
Who fell at the mere site of us
I saw the love in your eyes
The love of a mother

So I say to you my love
Look into the eyes
Of your son
He is ours
Even if many generations have passed
He is the love that was us
He has now witnessed
Our bond, the universes wisdoms
We are here this windy evening
To caress both our pasts
To know the love that was always there

We are here at the whim of the unknown
To let our flesh and blood
Know that goodness
Is not ones circumstance and profession
Life offers few choices
We have shown our child of our child and so forth
His past, his future, his path
The very secrets of life
And the universe
Unfolded upon his breast

We the sailor and the whore
Implore to all men and women of honor
Listen to love
Go forth our fine young man
Knowing now from where you came

The winds shall diminish
We shall return to sand
Until another day
When fate needs a helping hand

I awoke on the beach
Had I dreamed?
I was uncertain
In my house, by the door
Lay a white shawl
With bruised knee
I smiled

I held the cloth of secret mysteries

Copyright © arthur vaso | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 7/30/2016 6:02:00 PM

    Wow my friend what Inspired this masterpiece....Seren
  1. Date: 7/30/2016 4:34:00 PM

    astonishing story teller you are... a vivid, dramatic narrative, arthur..huggs
  1. Date: 7/30/2016 2:37:00 PM

    This story is so creative and epic, Arthur! It held my attention from beginning to end...imagination plus, and 7++
  1. Date: 7/30/2016 11:03:00 AM

    Hi Arthur, I forgot tell that your title alone caught my attention.WoW! You have penned a epic love story. I love romantic pieces but had no idea I was reader one. That's what makes you a good writer and story teller. You took me a journey and where I ended up was amazing. Their son? Just brilliant! A Big seven a fav:-) Alexis
  1. Date: 7/30/2016 6:22:00 AM

    Love it Arthur, especially the very last line "I held the cloth of secret mysteries" it holds great promise for a sequel, if you wish to indulge us in one, have a great day, hugs x
  1. Date: 7/30/2016 6:22:00 AM

    may I borrow this line Arthur? x
  1. Date: 7/30/2016 4:27:00 AM

    Now I know why I have to read longer poems...Part myth, part legend, truths wrapped up in ethereal mystery..." I held the cloth of secret mysteries." Loved it! ( Have to read again...Fav 7 Flows so well, I couldn't wait to go to part two...
  1. Date: 7/30/2016 2:40:00 AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed committing to your write. I was alert during every romantic line, every humorous line and plot line-line, loved the romance, the humor, the climax, the twist, the end and the "in betweens." There was one time when I laughed that you may not have intended humor, it was "We have shown our child of our child and so forth" - I'm not sure because it's in a serious context 'section.' I was thoroughly entertained. I am applauding and bowing ... CayCay