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Ocean Poem

>> Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ocean Poem
By Lily Munsill, Piper Tompkins, Story Southworth, and Maddie Koenig
(This poem is about our passage from Fernandino to Samana, Dominican Republic).

Hoist up the anchor
Make ready the sails.
We’re leaving America
With the wind at our tail.

Really big seas.
Really big clouds.
Two week long voyage,
Let’s climb up the shrouds!

We’re standing aloft,
Our feet are shaking
But the beautiful view
Is so breath-taking.

We furl the course!
We strike the raffee!
We sew up the jib!
Get drenched in time for nav-sea.

We have daily chores
That take a half hour or more.
We brasso the quarterdeck
And scrub the soles.
We wash all our dishes
And freshen the bowls.

Ten dolphins off the bow!
Swimming as fast as can be.
There are sea turtles now!
And a whale that just breached!

I’m standing on bow watch.
Watching it all.
Are there ships coming?
I think there’s a squall!

Haul in your downhaul.
Tend the main sheet.
Ease the halyard.
Take it to the cleat.

The head sails are struck.
The lines are in place.
Your watch is over.
Wipe the salt from your face.

Hang up your foulies.
Wring out your clothes.
We’re all very salty
From our heads to our clothes.

Ocean is great!
We’re having a blast
During all our watches,
As well as in class.

We do get wet
And our bunks may be small
There’s some sea sickness
But it’s part of it all!

Our hair is blonder.
Our skin’s getting tan.
You can see all the work we do
Through the calluses on our hands.

This long passage
Feels like a year,
But it’s so amazing
And the water’s blue and clear.

Look at the sunset
The beautiful moon.
Let’s not fret,
We’ll be there soon.


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