Whaler's Wives

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksiesilk Classic Group

Featured Review on this writing by DampKitten


 

Whaler’s wives

 

Whaler's wives have risen, for their husbands

Lost at sea, and hasten from the churchyards,

And to December's beach, to keep once more

The widow's watch, where hopefully they waited,

With flagging smiles and panicked hearts, and rain

Upon their prayer books, then tears atop their

Caskets, put low beneath that hallowed ground.


Submitted: May 28, 2022

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Spyguy

A whale of a tale... And that's what she said!

Wed, June 1st, 2022 5:12pm

DampKitten

Oh, that’s good. The whole poem qualifies as a single sentence. Rueful and somber.

I love “December’s beach”.

I don’t know about “to gain” the widow’s watch…maybe “to keep” or “begin”. When I first read this it felt like ghosts waiting on ghosts.

Haunting.

Sat, June 4th, 2022 11:16pm

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Thanks, DampKitten. I'm going to incorporate your suggestion because I agree. Ok, yes. Improved greatly.



Whaler’s wives


Whaler's wives have risen, for their husbands

Lost at sea, and hasten from the churchyards,

And to December's beach, to keep once more

The widow's watch, where hopefully they waited,

With flagging smiles and panicked hearts, and rain

Upon their prayer books, then tears atop their

Caskets, put low beneath that hallowed ground.

Laird

Sat, June 4th, 2022 5:05pm

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