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The Seafarer

January 8, 2020
By Arielalopez BRONZE, New York, New York
Arielalopez BRONZE, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The sea it crashes, sprays, and spews,

The waves carry word of shocking news.

Swirling, whirling greens and blues,

Until the wind dies down.

Memories float onto the vacant shore,

A chewed-on pencil and an apple core.

Not a soul cared to love them before;

They’re now the talk of town.

A swelling cry of deep despair,

The once-calm sea is now where

A house once stood. The site is now bare

And a bright but brutal brown.

A quest was formed, a hero elected,

A fine young man all lads respected.

A map was drawn, colored, and corrected,

So he would know where to find safe ground.

They crossed their hearts, looked to the sky,

Said their prayers, bade him good-bye.

To succeed, they knew, he would have to try,

To calm the sea, or they’d drown.

A splendid sailor, they often said, 

A heart of gold, but a heart of lead,

In an attempt to thwart the dangers ahead,

He received the blow without a sound.

The author's comments:

For this piece I was inspired by the painting,
"The Great Wave off Kanagawa." I started writing, attempting to portray the image of the crashing waves, and the plot just came together. 

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