The Building Of The Ship By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Building Of The Ship By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Build me straight, O worthy Master! Stanch and strong, a goodly vessel, That shall laugh at all disaster, And with wave and whirlwind wrestle!” The merchant’s word Delighted the Master heard; For his heart was in his work, and the heart Giveth grace unto every Art. […]

A Gray Day By Ruby Archer

A Gray Day By Ruby Archer A gray day, and the gulls are gone. Visor of mist o’er the sun is drawn. The cordage creaks and the sails all strain, The deck is drenched with the rushing rain, The waves leap strong at the struggling keel, And the ship rides madly with plunge and reel. […]

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The Troop Ship By Isaac Rosenberg

The Troop Ship By Isaac Rosenberg Grotesque and queerly huddled Contortionists to twist The sleepy soul to a sleep, We lie all sorts of ways And cannot sleep. The wet wind is so cold, And the lurching men so careless, That, should you drop to a doze, Winds’ fumble or men’s feet Are on your […]

Docks By Carl Sandburg

Docks By Carl Sandburg Strolling along By the teeming docks, I watch the ships put out. Black ships that heave and lunge And move like mastodons Arising from lethargic sleep. The fathomed harbor Calls them not nor dares Them to a strain of action, But outward, on and outward, Sounding low-reverberating calls, Shaggy in the […]

Journey By Sara Barkat

Journey By Sara Barkat The sails unfurl the cries ring in the air, the ship is on the waves of curls. Ship rides o’er seas of pearl while dragon rests in lair, the sails unfurl. Setting off to lands of kings and earls the sailors eat some pears, the ship is on the waves of […]

The “Three Bells” Of Glasgow By John Greenleaf Whittier

The “Three Bells” Of Glasgow By John Greenleaf Whittier Beneath the low-hung night cloud That raked her splintering mast The good ship settled slowly, The cruel leak gained fast. Over the awful ocean Her signal guns pealed out. Dear God! was that Thy answer From the horror round about? A voice came down the wild […]

The Ship Is Ready By Hannah Flagg Gould

The Ship Is Ready By Hannah Flagg Gould Fare thee well! the ship is ready, And the breeze is fresh and steady. Hands are fast the anchor weighing; High in the air the streamer’s playing. Spread the sails—the waves are swelling Proudly round thy buoyant dwelling, Fare thee well! and when at sea, Think of […]

Great Ships By Adam Zagajewski Translated By Clare Cavanagh

Great Ships By Adam Zagajewski Translated By Clare Cavanagh This is a poem about the great ships that wandered                    the oceans And groaned sometimes in deep voices, grumbling about fog                    and submerged peaks, But usually they sliced the pages of tropical seas                    in silence, Divided by height, category, and class, just like our […]

Ship Of Theseus By Rodney Gomez

Ship Of Theseus By Rodney Gomez The other day I realized I wasn’t me. The me I was when I was a cloud’s infinite possible shapes. A Ship of Theseus: the original ship, stored in a museum, slowly rots away and its parts are gradually replaced. Eventually none of the original parts remains. Is it […]

City Of Ships By Walt Whitman

City Of Ships By Walt Whitman City of ships! (O the black ships! O the fierce ships! O the beautiful sharp-bow’d steam-ships and sail-ships!) City of the world! (for all races are here, All the lands of the earth make contributions here;) City of the sea! city of hurried and glittering tides! City whose gleeful […]