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A poem of a perilous sea voyage aboard an ill-fated ship.

Submitted: November 12, 2016

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Submitted: November 12, 2016



He was assigned a ship in Boston Harbor

With a scurvy crew of thirty-three

And he hoped to reach Jamaica

In that outdated ship, The Anna-Bell Lee.


They encountered a storm, with all sails full,

As they sailed in the darkness, about mid-night;

Then lightning danced across the billowing clouds

Giving the crew and the captain a hell of a fright.


It was a vision, of sorts, “Like a Dream Within a Dream",

And they knew, at first sight, it was "The City in the Sea".

Every last sailors had heard bar-talk and fables

That you can only see that city from the "Annabel Lee"


"Bring her hard to starboard," the Captain cried out,

"We'll go 'round that demonic hallucination."

But no matter what they did the ship wouldn't turn

And their fate was sealed within their frustration.


As they neared the cove their sails lots wind

And they gently glided to a ocean-wave stop,

Then the anchor fell, from its position secured,

Into the water. --- Cur-plop!


There on the beach was a very thin man

Waving his arms, his clothes tattered and tore.

What could they do and where else could they go?

So they lowered the longboats and rowed ashore.


As they neared the beach there were signs of wreckage

And the more familiar the greeter appeared to be.

There was scattered debris and a ship's sign reading,

"Welcome aboard The Anna-Bell Lee".


D. Thurmond / JEF  ---  11-11-2016

Note: "The Dream Within a Draem", "The Anna-Bell Lee" & "The City in the Sea" are titles from Edgar Allen Poe's works.

© Copyright 2018 D. Thurmond, aka, JEF. All rights reserved.

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