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A Mariner's Tale

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On caravels five centuries ago
   a queen's fleet on third voyage sailed south-west,
 and the age of discovery's great glow
   shone upon Columbus in ocean quest.
 Into island passage beyond gulf trail
   through Boca del Dragon on landing wave
 led the Genoan's flagship under sail -
   safe travelled and spared a jagged reef's grave.
"Behold far Indies, land of sun and realm -
   these Isles of the Trinity I claim thee!"
 That virgin New World, that far crossing helm,
   and by Spanish warrant, its territory.
 In a mariner's heart there's one true love -
 sea and tide below and the stars above.


              

                December 1995

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