Sunday Whirl (Wordle #110) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.
The words this week are:
beam, anchor, shift, close, heart, phrase,
range, connect, current, fertile, layers, yield
The Prisoners of the Wind
Why stay ye mariners? Come, hoist the sails!
Our hearts long to leave these shores
And travel to where the trade winds prevail,
Come now! Lift the anchor and set our course!
Patience travellers! The current runs against us;
The wind from the wrong quarter, and weak.
But tomorrow it may not be thus
And you’ll have the travels that you seek.
What enthusiasm! It will move to another phase
Once there is only rolling sea about.
If there is any good in them, so goes the phrase,
A storm at sea will bring it out.
Make haste O Captain! We are aching to commence.
There are fertile lands and wond’rous things
There are wines and rugs, perfumes and incense!
We must wait and see what morning brings.
We can feel the wind from the starboard beam
It must move for us to leave the port
It is not as easy as it may seem
There are layers of difficulty that can thwart.
But we are so close to our journey’s start,
We beg you yield to our wish to leave!
Travellers, there is no way that we can depart
We are prisoners of the wind and await reprieve.
They cannot connect with what is required
Their seafaring nous is less than nought.
It’s late, it’s best that they be retired
To prepare for an early passage from the port.
Time drags on and the hours seem increased.
To sail forth is that for which we hanker!
Look, the morning light! A smudge upon the east!
Tis dawn. The wind has turned.
Bosun, weigh the anchor.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2013