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In Sandalwood Dreams

Turned and tossed like toys Riding the mighty waves Their master does what he wilt To them his humble slaves Rudely he flings their boats asunder But calm can be his days He is his own Master Wild Unrepentant in his ways His moods can change quite quickly From sparkling blues to greys From lapping shores so softly To howling roaring waves Dark skinned men with coal black eyes Bear their humble offering To their Mighty God of the Sea Lowly fishing boats they bring There are some days when kind he is They leave with catch intact
But there are others when he demands The rights to his contract Their women sit on the shores Their eyes in trance like state They pray the Mighty Sea God Who decides their husband’s fate Will he be of better mood today With offerings that they’ve sought Garlands of scented sandal wood From the wild woods they have brought Dark skinned men return with catch Bursting through the seams With laughter ringing out they’ve come back home In scented sandalwood dreams

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 2/1/2018 6:28:00 PM
Oh my dear friend Maria, another stunning write from your golden pen! Your vivid poem is vibrant in imagery and with emotions. A melodic rhythm with lovely rhymes moved me through your wonderful write with captivated ease. A compelling poem of a fickle sea - that is both life giving and life taking - and the people who depend on fishing the seas to survive.. oh and I love your title too. Warmest wishes and hugs.. ~Susan
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Date: 7/4/2017 9:10:00 AM
Oh my goodness! This is why I always miss your work when I stay away from this site for a while. Your choice of words and perfect blend of a cute message is beyond description. This is definitely good..
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Date: 7/17/2017 7:08:00 AM
thanks so much Funom. i really appreciate your visit and lovely comment...Maria
Date: 6/25/2017 12:35:00 AM
Simply wonderful. I am awed by your poetic skills.
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Date: 6/25/2017 2:28:00 AM
Why thank you Afzal, you are too kind. Coming from a very impressive poet like yourself that is music to my ears...Maria
Date: 6/17/2017 9:52:00 PM
I love it, Are you a viking, cause I am :) I wrote one called MASSACRE. Though I like yours better :) Glad you liked my poem YOU.
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Date: 6/18/2017 2:19:00 AM
No not a Viking, I see you connected the boat? I used that because I was looking for some dramatic music for this poem Thank you for the visit and comment Debbie. I will certainly check out Massacre...Maria
Date: 6/12/2017 12:18:00 PM
Your poem is as beautiful as is the ocean blue. Yet reality demands the realization that the sea are oft terrifying and deadly. Love the positive and happy ending. A great fav, this gem is my friend.. Definitely a super ten as well...
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Date: 6/13/2017 10:04:00 PM
Your first sentence has elevated this poem to a new height - thank you my friend for appreciating it and making it a Fav. It is greatly appreciated...Maria
Date: 6/12/2017 10:49:00 AM
Hi Maria. This entry is captivating from the onset of the title and your two opening lines. Your expression voice and tone keep the interest of the reader. At least it did with this reader. I also very much enjoyed how you ended your thoughts and entry with the title to which I think is a nice poetic touch. Well done in its entirety. Be proud of this entry and work. Have a wonderful afternoon.
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Date: 6/13/2017 11:12:00 PM
Thank you Lisa for your ever enthusiastic appreciation, understanding of the themes of the poems and very importantly for your encouraging comments. I wish you too a wonderful day...Maria
Date: 6/10/2017 6:03:00 AM
Excellent and describe it so vividly. Ending is nice. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 6/12/2017 1:49:00 AM
Thank you so much Ravi, so glad that you like it..Maria
Date: 6/9/2017 11:18:00 AM
A lovely ending from a journey in the mighty sea..Nicely penned Maria
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Date: 6/12/2017 1:50:00 AM
Thanks so much Joseph, in my sandal wood dreams they always come home safe...Maria
Date: 6/9/2017 3:41:00 AM
- Beautiful written as always Maria - You describe it so vividly ... love the end - Greetings and best wishes for a lovely weekend to you :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 6/9/2017 4:30:00 AM
Thanks so much Anne-Lise......Always appreciative of your generous comments and visits dear friend. Have a good weekend too....... Maria xx
Date: 6/9/2017 2:53:00 AM
I see this, painted in colours, and sometimes in dark, in fear and in hope. And that music... Beautiful my friend!
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Date: 6/9/2017 2:57:00 AM
Thanks so much my dear friend Darren, I was tempted to send you a soup mail and ask for a good suggestion on the music, and then Ron found this. So glad you liked it..... Maria
Date: 6/8/2017 8:56:00 AM
Reading this poem is like embarking on an uncertain journey where your captivating words 'put us through the wringer' so to speak before delivering us mercifully free from the capricious fate of the sea. A fave with me, Maria:) Amitiés
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Date: 6/9/2017 2:42:00 AM
Anne-Marie you have such a way with words, your reviews themselves are Poetry . Thanks my friend for always giving me such lovely generous reviews and ratings,I really appreciate you stopping by.......... Maria
Date: 6/7/2017 5:18:00 PM
Excellent, Maria! The music and poem compliment each other perfectly. The sea can be a kind, but also harsh master. Fishermen are witness to that, yet they persist...it's their livelihood! ~ Regards // paul
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Date: 6/9/2017 4:38:00 AM
In a different country I have witnessed this scene. A bit too scary for my liking, some of those boats going under, and then resurfacing seconds later - a heart in the mouth moment.
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Date: 6/9/2017 3:02:00 AM
thanks so much Paul
Date: 6/7/2017 3:19:00 PM
Oh, this is very well done Maria. Captivating. I am confused by the last line though. Did they get home safely or not?
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Date: 6/7/2017 8:25:00 PM
Thanks for visiting and your comment Dean. Yes, in my 'aromatic' sandalwood dreams they always come back safely... Maria
Date: 6/7/2017 12:05:00 PM
Awesome and the music gave it a turbulent effect.
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Date: 6/9/2017 3:43:00 AM
Thanks so much Tim, appreciate both you visit and comments...Maria
Date: 6/7/2017 10:59:00 AM
This was so cool Maria. A wonderful story about daily life in the world of a fishing village that relies on the sea for sustenance and life. really nicely done my friend.
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Date: 6/9/2017 3:44:00 AM
Thanks so much my dear friend Chris, so appreciate your visits and beautiful comments..... Maria