Tuesday, May 28, 2013

519 : The Prisoners of the Wind


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

Travellers
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!

The Master
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.

Sailors
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.

Travellers
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!

The Master
We must wait and see what morning brings.

Sailors
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.

Travellers
But we are so close to our journey’s start,
We beg you yield to our wish to leave!

The Master
Travellers, there is no way that we can depart
We are prisoners of the wind and await reprieve.

Sailors
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.

Travellers
Time drags on and the hours seem increased.
To sail forth is that for which we hanker!

Sailors
Look, the morning light!  A smudge upon the east!

The Master
Tis dawn.  The wind has turned. 
Bosun, weigh the anchor.

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© J Cosmo Newbery 2013
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12 comments:

  1. Lovely progression... symbolic of so many things.

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  2. great titling of this piece...and i really like the back and forth of this piece...what a life eh to be at the mercy of the current and the winds...i def romanticize ocean faring though...think of the adventure...

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  3. Lovely piece. And sadly a storm at sea brings the debatable good in me out. Time and time again.
    I really enjoyed the different perspectives in this. Thank you.

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  4. Bravo! Bravo!

    A masterpice! I hear the choruses in the background... Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Ruler of the Queen's Navy". And more.

    That was just great. Randy

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  5. Aye matey. Ye be skilled with th' art of narration and tellin' of tales. Well written and thoroughly enjoyed.

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  6. Rollicking - well done.

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  7. J Cosmo, your use of end rhyme is perfect in this. Very nicely done tale with the words, which I found to be very difficult to use. I, in fact, didn't use all of them and forgot which ones I did use, lol.

    Pamela

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  8. To stay in that era of speaking...and you must have knowledge of sailing. Set sail, arghhhh ye mateys :)) Well done!

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  9. "Smudge upon the east"
    I so love that.
    You, my dear, were a similar golden smudge upon my heart when I got your birthday greeting this afternoon :) Hugs! xoox :)

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  10. Wonderful! What an amazing journey!

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  11. Well written indeed!

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  12. My thought was wonderful and then I see I am not alone. Beautiful too.

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