O captain!

The ghostly galleon was a pale shadow in the skies

nervous moonlight peeped from behind the clouds

silvery, slithering snakes streaked down to the seas

the lone, ageing vessel valiantly tried to stay afloat

wailing waves walloped the deck again and again

the master helmed the ship stoically

though his heart was grim at what lay ahead

as the sea-spray hit his face once more, she tasted like memory

of all the good times he had had on her calm waters

and he smiled

her turbulent, troubled flashes of temper did not frighten him a bit

sea was his beloved, he could read her every pulse

yet, he admitted to self candidly, she could be capricious

he wouldn’t mind dying in her arms

but he knew they had many more years of togetherness

he had learnt to starve the fear that gnawed in his gut

never letting the hungry beast devour his mind

he used it to keep the fire in his belly alive

he had been successful in the past

it was a battle he was going to win this time too

he straightened his spine as he saw another wave coming

no wonder he was considered a legend on the seas!


What do you see # 26- 20 April 2020


Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: Tuesday, April 22, 2020

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – “Legend” – April 20, 2020



63 thoughts on “O captain!

  1. You show the special relationship a captain has with their vessel. It reminds me of a line from the song, “Ride Captain Ride”: “my life, my lover, my lady is the sea.”

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  2. I know how much sailing is a feature in your life, and how you describe the effects of the turbulent seas but the live and faith in the boat as an indestructible force. This line particularly got me:
    β€œas the sea-spray hit his face once more, she tasted like memory”

    What a metaphor for relationships and love – able to withstand anything.

    So so so so so gorgeous ❀️❀️

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  3. You’re words always come to life in the most wonderful and powerful ways Punam my dear! 😁

    “nervous moonlight peeped from behind the clouds”….I love this line i could truly see the Moonlight peeping out from the clouds and of course brought my beloved character Luna to mind.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜πŸ’žπŸ€—

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