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Phillip Allen
01-17-2014, 06:02 AM
I'm just as guilty as others but I'm tired of it... we gots the whole long month of February to get through yet!

the Latin music is good
trying to understand WWSI and other 'distant' conflicts seems alright
maybe it's time for a story?

skuthorp
01-17-2014, 06:18 AM
Recently acquired, Salt Water Poems by John Masefield

Cargoes
Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amythysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

Phillip Allen
01-17-2014, 06:20 AM
Recently acquired, Salt Water Poems by John Masefield

Cargoes
Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amythysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

gritty :)

skuthorp
01-17-2014, 06:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK3Tf0ZN_R4

bogdog
01-17-2014, 06:56 AM
Folks always get stuck in the Doldrums this time of year. On the brighter side does it feel like the days are getting longer?

skuthorp
01-17-2014, 07:34 AM
[ edit poem ] (http://allpoetry.com/poem/edit/8570217)
Doldrums: One Of Murphy's YarnsCicely Fox Smith (http://allpoetry.com/Cicely%20Fox%20Smith)

http://ap-pics.gotpoem.com/ap-pics/item/8570/217.jpg?350x321
Day after day the sun stared widely
Over the wide and windless seas;
Against the masts the sails drooped idly,
Unhanded, waiting for a breeze.

It seemed we should lie there for ever,
As if no wind till Judgment Day
Would set her royal clews a-quiver
And speed her southward on her way.

"I heard onst of a barque," said Murphy.
"Becalmed, that couldn't get a breath,
Till all the crowd was sick with scurvy
An' the skipper drunk himself to death."

"So then they'd scoffed the last stale biscuit
An' the scuttle butt was all but dry,
They reckoned it was time to risk it,
An' tuk the boats an' said 'Good-bye.'"

"An' there they left the ol' barkey layin',
An' there, most like, she's layin' now,
With weeds like Noah's whiskers swayin'
Along her keel from stern to bow."

"All her bright-work green an' spotted,
All her paint-work bleached an' bare,
All her canvas black an' rotted,
An' not a living soul to care."

"Square the mainyard!" the silence breaking,
Like Gabriel's trumpet rang the word;
Out of the dawn the wind came, waking
The sleeping sails, so long unstirred.

The jibs were filled, they pulled like horses,
The gear ran twittering through the sheaves,
The reef points on the tautened courses
Pattered again like falling leaves.

Southward she sped, her keen bows cleaving
Steady and strong the watery ways,
Like some strange dream behind her leaving
The breathless nights, the gasping days.

And somewhere that old ship forgotten,
With all her paintwork weathered bare,
And all her canvas black and rotten,
And sea-birds fouling everywhere;

All her idle gear decaying,
Not a soul to tend her wheel,
And weeds like Noah's whiskers swaying
Fathoms long below her keel.

George.
01-17-2014, 09:00 AM
You let your WW1 thread sink like a battlecruiser hit by a plunging 12" shell...

Phillip Allen
01-17-2014, 10:20 AM
You let your WW1 thread sink like a battlecruiser hit by a plunging 12" shell...

I thought you guys had it in control... I was outa things to add

Paul Pless
01-17-2014, 10:22 AM
I'm just as guilty as others but I'm tired of it... you started it :D

Gerarddm
01-17-2014, 11:43 AM
Story?


" Whan that aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(so priketh hem nature in hir corages);
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages... "

Phillip Allen
01-17-2014, 03:32 PM
Story?


" Whan that aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(so priketh hem nature in hir corages);
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages... "

WOW... you really are olde!!!

skuthorp
01-17-2014, 04:06 PM
Older. Vinland Sagas
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d8/Eir%C3%ADks_the_Red_saga.jpg/300px-Eir%C3%ADks_the_Red_saga.jpg

"According to the Saga of Erik the Red, Žorfinnr "Karlsefni" Žóršarson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%9Eorfinnr_%22Karlsefni%22_%C3%9E%C3%B3r%C3%B0a rson) and a company of 160 men, going south from Greenland transversed an open stretch of sea, found Helluland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helluland), another stretch of sea, Markland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markland), another stretch of sea, the headland of Kjalarnes, the Wonderstrands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderstrands), Straumfjörš (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straumfj%C3%B6r%C3%B0) and at last a place called Hóp, a bountiful place where no snow fell during winter. However, after several years away from Greenland, they chose to turn back to their homes when they realised that they would otherwise face an indefinite conflict with the natives."

" face an indefinite conflict with the natives."
So, no Norse wild west sagas eh?

LeeG
01-17-2014, 05:31 PM
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?172709-our-government(s)-what-competant-person-would-trust-them

Tom Montgomery
01-17-2014, 05:53 PM
Do as I say, not as I do.