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    Default Dead Reckoning

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    We headed out away from shore
    Our vessel was fairly new
    The morning light kissed the white caps
    As we faded out of view

    A tiny speck is how we felt
    As we rolled across the surf
    Our course was set as we sailed off
    To the corners of the Earth

    As night time came it felt so calm
    We were headed out to sea
    The sound of water swept the sides
    As we rolled along gently

    As the daylight merged into the night
    Our days were slipping fast
    Miles away from any port
    All good weather soon would pass

    The crashing waves across the deck
    Gave us reason to be scared
    Our sails had ripped from the main
    And our navigation failed

    Our eyes were pelted by the rain
    And the wind was whipping fast
    We bailed the boat and held on tight
    In hopes the storm would'nt last

    Soon the night broke through the clouds
    And a calmness was in the air
    We reset our course amidst the stars
    We did this with great care

    As the sun peeked in from the east
    We were sure we'd find our way
    We knew then we'd live to tell our tale
    And sail another day


    I added a few treatments to the sail to give it a more ominous look.
    Last edited by denise ippolito; 08-16-2009 at 09:05 PM.

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    This is great Denise! Well said. Reminds me of a Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem The rhyme of the ancient mariner. Your words are incredibly descriptive. I love this! Glad that you are both OK and get to sail yet again! :) I really love the third line! That rocks!

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    Thankyou Akos, I appreciate your help.

    Akos, This story is from my childhood. We sailed from Galveston to Port Aransas Pass and then on to Corpus Christi aboard our 36' sailboat. We ran into water spouts and rain storms. We were all so afraid. This poem expresses my memories of that time.
    Last edited by denise ippolito; 08-17-2009 at 08:28 PM.

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    Wonderful, Denise.

    Kind of makes me think of "Wooden Ships" from the 60's.

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    Lance, Thankyou for your support.

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    Very Nice!
    Dead Reckoning is a lost art. GPS receivers have taken the art out of navigation.
    Thanks for putting it back.

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    James, Thankyou very much for your comments. A lost art indeed!!

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    Denise, I would have swore this was the body of a plane! Wow...neat image and poem!

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    Thankyou Jules. I appreciate it.

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