Sealegs Wobble

We’ve been back home now
for almost two days
with parts of us still out there
in many different ways

It’s called a ‘sealegs wobble’
after a week at sea
A strange but lovely feeling
from a place we love to be

It’ll fade a little every day
but for now it brings a smile
Etched with indelibility
in our memories for a while

©Jemverse

 

Leaving Rhodes

Part 10 of 20 in “The Aegean Shores’ series

Another first not seen before
Leaving Rhodes tonight
A big red tug at either end
exerting all their might

Moved the ship out from the berth
into open water
Allowed us to get underway
and moving as we ‘oughta’

Heading westward now we go
Two hundred nautical miles
where the island, Crete, awaits us
with Greek bank holiday smiles

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[This is part 10 of a 20-part series charting a seven-day cruise with Tui from 11-18 August 2017, travelling from London to Corfu, then Kalamata (Greece), Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Piraeus (Greece), Kefalonia, Corfu and London, some 3,870 nautical miles]

The boy, the ship and me

Part 7 of 20 in ‘The Aegean Shores’ series

Arising early with the sun
the boy looked out to sea
and saw a liner sailing by
where on the prow stood me

He watched as pilots met it
and guided it to port
whilst I on board did likewise
taking pictures as I ought

Then as the sun got higher
and the day took on its heat
he waved goodbye and left
when the docking was complete

©Jemverse

[This is part 7 of a 20-part series charting a seven-day cruise with Tui from 11-15 August 2017, travelling from London to Corfu, then Kalamata (Greece), Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Piraeus (Greece), Kefalonia, Corfu and London, some 3,870 nautical miles]

Atlantic surge

Outside our porthole
down on deck one
the waves surge against us
and it’s brilliant fun
Because sometimes the sky
we can see as we oughta
whilst the very next moment
we’re all underwater!

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[‘Atlantic Surge’ is 9 of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

Departures (29/8/16)
Malaga I (30/8/16)
Gibraltar (31/8/16)
Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
All at sea (2/9/16)
Lounging (3/9/16)
Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
Vigo (5/9/16)
Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
In from the fog (7/9/16)
Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
Seville (10/9/16)
Malaga II (11/9/16)

All at sea

There’s a world outside my window
but I’m all at sea today
Sunshine through the porthole
with waves out there at play
The Spirit’s cutting westward
but it has a way to go
and with sea all the way round us
a true ocean voyage we’ll know
We’re at the edge of the Atlantic
having left the Med behind
A day at sea awaits us
Many pleasures still to find

©Jemverse

Photo – the Atlantic ocean looking westward  from deck 6 of the Thompson ‘Spirit’ cruise liner heading to Northern Spain – Jempics
[‘All at Sea’ is 5 of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

Departures (29/8/16)
Malaga I (30/8/16)
Gibraltar (31/8/16)
Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
All at sea (2/9/16)
Lounging (3/9/16)
Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
Vigo (5/9/16)
Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
In from the fog (7/9/16)
Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
Seville (10/9/16)
Malaga II (11/9/16)

Gibraltar II

If it wasn’t for the breeze from Spain
I’d be all a-swelter
for the sun in the Gibraltar Straits
is certainly a belter!
I’m sitting on a lounger
on deck ten above the prow
writing poems in the sunshine
beads of moisture on my brow
The Atlantic is before me
the Med not far behind
as I lie here and relax
and successfully unwind

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Photo – the ‘Rock’, from deck 10 of the Thompson Spirit heading out into the Atlantic through the Straits of Gibraltar – Jempics
[‘Gibraltar II’ is 4 of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

Departures (29/8/16)
Malaga I (30/8/16)
Gibraltar (31/8/16)
Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
All at sea (2/9/16)
Lounging (3/9/16)
Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
Vigo (5/9/16)
Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
In from the fog (7/9/16)
Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
Seville (10/9/16)
Malaga II (11/9/16)

Anticipation III

Anticipation is
a marvellous thing
especially when coupled
with enjoyment to bring
I’ll give you example
in these few words here
of something that’s bound
to bring lots of cheer

For in just two more sleeps
we’ll be on our way
for a seven-day cruise
on a week’s holiday
We’ll be flying to Spain
then off for a sailing
The Mediterranean
climes for regaling

The Rock of Gibraltar
Portugal too
in a sea that is bound
to be lovely and blue
The ship’s called the ‘Spirit’
from the Thompson cruise line
And we know that the weather
will be balmy and fine

And as my pen is sure
to be travelling with me
there’ll be poetry here
for you all to see
For each place that we visit
and the things that we do
will be captured in words
and repeated for you

©Jemverse

The seldom end of summer days

From the beach today I saw a ship
a long way out to sea
Out there in the channel
it was calling out to me
It bade me come and join it
as it steamed to warmer lands
But alas I sadly shook my head
as I stood there on the sands
With wistfulness I watched it go
waving as it sailed
As the sunlight caught the water
disappointment thinly veiled
But as I turned, as little grin
served as a reminder
that it would not be long until
another summer blinder
For then I will be here most days
beside the sea, my friend
From morning through late evening
on days that seldom end

©Jemverse

Flight of the Pelican

There’s a tall ship in the harbour
I can see its three masts pointing
Above the houses at the waterside
Like a landmark to the sea

There’s a tall ship in the harbour
I can feel its ropes and rigging
Almost like a distant voice
that echoes down to me

There’s a tall ship berthed in harbour
In dry dock with people mending
Whilst the waves out there they linger
At the passing of each hour

There’s a tall ship berthed in harbour
Hear the song the sea is singing
As it waits for keel to join again
with its majestic power

There’s a tall ship leaving harbour
Sails fill and find the wind again
And water of the waves embrace
To kiss the rising keel

There’s a tall ship leaving harbour
Setting sail for Weymouth waters
The Pelican in ‘flight’ again
with aplomb and flair and zeal

©Jemverse

The ‘Pelican of London’ is a three-master Barquentine with a keel laid in 1948. She’s unique is being the only vessel in the world to carry a rig based on the 16th-17th century Barbary Coast ‘Xebec-Poleacre’, successfully used by pirates for over 200 years. Originally serving as an Arctic trawler and coastal trading vessel, she is now a full-time training ship. In September 2012, the Pelican attained worldwide notoriety as being the first sailing ship to carry fare-paying customers across the Atlantic from Liverpool to the West Indies in over a century.

Tall Ship

There’s a tall ship in the harbour

I can see its tall masts pointing

Above the roofs of rows of houses

Like a landmark to the sea

There’s a tall ship in the harbour

I can feel its ropes and rigging

Like a distant voice that beckons

As an echo down to me

 

There’s a tall ship in the harbour

Dry dock, squabs and people mending

As it waits for waves that linger

At the passing of each hour

There’s a tall ship in the harbour

Hear the sad songs seas are singing

As they wait for keel to join again

With its majestic power

 

©Jemverse

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