whaler’s lament

the sun has set upon my watery grave,
a blue sea and its waves know me
and i have parted
 
indications are strong that i will never return,
there is a whisper in the sea wind 
of promises unspoken;
 
the sea heaved-up, hung loaded o’er our 
whaling ship New Bedford,
 
the waves broke there and buried me with 
its tumultuous strength
 
for a debt was owed to those who went 
before me, i was willing to lay down 
 
all my joys in this life, 
 
just under the surface, i will now be an 
orphan living in silence;
 
i can no longer see the distant light, nor hear 
our children’s laughter all surrounding,
 
it shattered the silence that was so heavy to bear
for it lifted my soul into the night
 
and filled my heart with undying love abounding;
 
memories of those blissful moments come creeping 
o’er me like the sea
 
and i am most gratified to God and to you my 
dear Maggie that i was able to 
enjoy them, 
 
even for a fleeting moment, my love for you and 
our children is deathless;
 
yet my love of whaling creeps o’er me like vapors 
from a squall
 
that pushed and pulled me irresistibly on, 
like rusted chains to the sea-life,
 
held strongly together at first, now separated 
as it cast me adrift,
 
you my dear, are my mourning widow, whaling my adulteress;
 
i now have misgivings about the cause to which 
i was engaged
 
Maggie, forgive my faults and the pains that i now 
cause you, how thoughtless and foolish 
i had oft times been
 
and now divine providence has whispered to me 
a wafted prayer, 
 
i return to you and our children all my love unharmed;
 
if the dead can come back to earth and flit unseen 
on the happiest of days and the darkest,
 
always i will blow a soft gentle breeze upon 
your cheeks, memories, as you sit in 
 
widows’ weeds, with naked feet over my empty coffin;
 
’tis time for the icy waters to abate, for your 
mourning to cease, i no longer face 
a sea of darkness,
 
for you have brought me peace, Maggie, 
never forget how much i love you.
 
 
Copyright © 04/22/2013 Ðark Ṝoasted Ƣoetry®
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