Long ships poem

Source: Northern Way of Life Photography – published with permission
After posting the photo at the bottom of this post last week under the title, Where the Long Ships Roam, I thought it would be a wonderful title and subject for a poem. Enjoy!

Where the Long Ships Roam

Sailing from these placid waters

with a wide turn heading home

past the light keeper’s station

is where the long ships roam

Outbound from the Upper Lakes

brimming with ore, sand, or stone

towards rusted cities down below   

is where the long ships roam

Through locks and narrow straits

beyond the reach of earthy loam

on a course charted years ago

is where the long ships roam

Riding out the wildest tempest

upon seas of frothy foam

in search of secluded harbors

is where the long ships roam

Beneath a risen drawbridge

through a tangled honeycomb

surrounded by steely muscle 

is where the long ships roam

Journey with me laker fans

to watch the long ships roam

for they are the source of legends

in chronicle, myth, and poem.

Rick Brown – 2016


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