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Atlantic storms had taken the main mast
For seven weeks we drifted helplessly
Fresh water and food were running out fast
There was talk below deck of mutiny.

Hunger, boredom and thirst were taking grip
As a boy I saw the dark side of men
To keep order the captain used the whip
I feared we would never see home again.

A sailor on watch shouted "land ahoy"
The wind picked up and drifted us along
Crew were happy and were now full of joy
Some sang the shanty, the wanderer's song.

Captain Smith cried out it is the Azores
The beautiful sight of its distant shores.


Written on 19th June 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 3/12/2019 2:57:00 PM
Nice descriptions. I feel like I'm right there in the ship. Congrats!
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Date: 3/12/2019 3:33:00 PM
Thanks very much Juliet, happy you liked it. Tom.
Date: 3/4/2019 10:06:00 PM
Congratulations! Enjoyed this tale told as a sonnet. Well done :)
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Date: 3/4/2019 11:38:00 PM
Thank you very much P.S. Happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 3/3/2019 5:13:00 PM
Congrats on your win with this fine sonnet, Tom!
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Date: 3/3/2019 5:19:00 PM
Thank you very much Carol, glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 3/3/2019 2:38:00 PM
This is a really interesting and enjoyable write,Tom. Congratulations on making the top ten.
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Date: 3/3/2019 2:47:00 PM
Thank you very much Wendy, I'm happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 3/3/2019 12:35:00 PM
A captivating write Tom--we wrote inspired by a similar muse! Congrats on your placement.
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Date: 3/3/2019 12:58:00 PM
Thank you Craig, yes our muses were in maritime mode. Enjoyed your verse. Another I wrote was the Edmund Fitzgerald that perished on the great lakes, the seas and oceans fascinate me. Tom
Date: 3/3/2019 12:26:00 PM
Tom, you made us experience the fear and dire straits of the captain and his crew, and their relief at its resolution. And your photo is spot on. Congratulations on your win on Mile 21 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon Contest! Thank you so much for supporting my contests. By continuing to place in the contests you are accumulating points toward the final. ~Mark
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Date: 3/3/2019 12:43:00 PM
Thank you very much Mark, it is my favourite sonnet, after I wrote it I came across that picture and it was just what I was looking for. Thank you for hosting. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 8:43:00 AM
What a lovely poem Tom In fact all your poems are lovely. Really enjoy them. Best regards, Jennifer
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Date: 10/24/2018 8:51:00 AM
Thank you Jennifer, much appreciated. Tom
Date: 8/15/2018 9:23:00 AM
Love this poem, Tom.
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Date: 8/16/2018 1:26:00 AM
Thank you Line, It is my favourite sonnet. Tom
Date: 7/13/2018 5:45:00 PM
Congratulations on your awesome win. So beautifully written.... Hugs Eve
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Date: 7/13/2018 6:00:00 PM
Thank you Eve, I love tales of the sea especially the old sailing ships. Tom
Date: 7/11/2018 8:11:00 PM
Returning with warm congratulations Tom, on your wonderful win with your stirring and graceful sonnet.. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 7/12/2018 3:08:00 AM
Thank you very much Susan, I haven't been doing this form long but to date this is my favourite sonnet. Tom
Date: 7/9/2018 4:33:00 PM
Congratulations on collecting so many honors for this wonderful, historical write. Best always, Tom ~ Gershon
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Date: 7/9/2018 4:59:00 PM
Thank you again Gershon, much appreciated. Tom
Date: 7/9/2018 7:19:00 AM
I could feel the waves on the side of the boat as I read your words, what a great story teller you are that I could see this perfectly as I read. Well done!
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Date: 7/9/2018 8:42:00 AM
Thank you very much Casarah, happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 7/8/2018 7:18:00 PM
Back to congratulate you again on your win again! Well done!
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Date: 7/9/2018 1:09:00 AM
Thank you again Susan, must admit I do like this one and thought I'd give it another go. Never wrote a sonnet until I joined soup, always thought a poem was a rhyme until I joined soup, my eyes have been opened. Tom.
Date: 7/8/2018 12:45:00 PM
Wonderful sonnet Tom, congrats on a fine placement!
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Date: 7/8/2018 2:18:00 PM
Thank you very much John. Thanks for hosting. Tom.
Date: 7/7/2018 12:53:00 AM
This is impressive in content and delivery, it reads smoothly to easily, completely capture the reader. All the best ... CayCay
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Date: 7/7/2018 3:56:00 AM
Thank you for your good wishes CayCay, happy you enjoyed it Tom
Date: 6/29/2018 7:24:00 AM
I am transported by your words and the imagery you use.Congratulations Tom on this worthy piece for POTD.
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Date: 6/29/2018 7:39:00 AM
Thank you very much Sylvia. Glad you liked it. Tom
Date: 6/29/2018 1:57:00 AM
http://poesis.unaux.com/ A new literary magazine awaits you! The Poesis Literary Magazine seeks poetry for the 2018 first issue. Poesis - http://poesis.unaux.com/ - is an independent, international, free-access literary journal. We are an online journal, exclusively. We accept texts that have already been published, but please specify where they were first published. We publish quarterly, and we accept submissions year-round. We attempt to respond to submissions within twelve weeks. Good luck!
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Date: 6/27/2018 9:54:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD Tom, though belated! A wonderful Sonnet of struggle, hope and survival enfolded in a gripping imagery and well crafted wording! A great pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing. Stay blessed.
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Date: 6/27/2018 12:02:00 PM
Thank you very much for your kind words Besma. Tom.
Date: 6/26/2018 9:07:00 AM
I swear I congratulated you on this before but it's not here. Anyway, I'm back to congratulate you for your latest top win. Well done! :)
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Date: 6/26/2018 11:23:00 AM
Thank you very much Susan, I know the software plays up because I entered it originally into Roberts contest and it disappeared so I took a chance with Brian's. Tom
Date: 6/26/2018 8:59:00 AM
I love story poems. Enjoyed.
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Date: 6/26/2018 11:21:00 AM
Thank you very much Shirley, happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 6/26/2018 12:57:00 AM
Oh yay, glad this one got a prize - understand there was some technical trouble first time round! Well deserved atom :-)
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Date: 6/26/2018 1:55:00 AM
Thank you Nina, wondered why Robert was puzzled till I checked, have found out its happened to others too. Have soup mailed you. tom
Date: 6/25/2018 7:03:00 PM
How is it that I had not responded to this wonderful poem? It's so fitting both for "Distant Shores" AND for the POTD. Kudos to you, Tom! ~ gershon
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Date: 6/25/2018 8:42:00 PM
Thank you Gershon, no worries, I do find the turnover of poems on here a but to quick sometimes and loads seem to slip through the net.Im away at the moment so logging on when I can but having soup withdrawal symptoms.Not everywhere has Wi-Fi Tom
Date: 6/25/2018 5:26:00 PM
Tom, back to say congrats on your win. John
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Date: 6/25/2018 8:36:00 PM
Thank you John, originally I wrote this for Roberts contest,distant shores, but it didn't go through for some reason any way entered it in Brian's and it got placed,so it ends well. Tom.
Date: 6/25/2018 7:27:00 AM
Congratulations on POTD. You deserve it; this was imagination at its finest.
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Date: 6/25/2018 12:14:00 PM
Thank you Caren, it certainly was a nice surprise. Tom.
Date: 6/23/2018 12:45:00 PM
Tom, a great sonnet of the perils at sea. A belated congrats on POTD. John
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Date: 6/23/2018 12:59:00 PM
Thank you very much John. Tom.
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