Patricia Grantham

(May 27,1952 / Moncks Corner, South Carolina)

An Angry Sea


As the sea rose up and down wind and tempest tossed
Hands on board began to shout we'll be forever lost
The captain of the wavering ship began to take a stance
Set the sails and man the helms there'll be no other chance

Sea waves became so violent as if they had no fear
Some sailors manned the front and others covered the rear
The ship began rocking to and fro on top of the rugged sea
None could ever have imagined how an angry sea could be

They said to one another we must act quickly to be saved
Fear began to grip some then others soon ranted and raved
Water began to rush in and covered the deck round about
We must all abandon ship and they soon began to bail out

They threw their rafts into the water and shouted with a roar
Then jumped overboard and stuck together then soon began to oar
Their ship began to waver and started very slowly to sink
The Lord of the Seas had spoken as they all began to think

Submitted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Edited: Saturday, February 22, 2014

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  • Mauleen Peart (4/4/2014 5:52:00 AM)

    Absolutely beautiful poem.It was as if I was on that ship before it was abandoned.Very visual and detailed.Love it! (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (1/19/2014 10:39:00 AM)

    Lovely imagery about the fearful sea, I could feel the fear within the crews of the ship. The detailing was captivating.
    You may read my poem The wild waves (Report) Reply

  • Louis Rams (8/3/2013 10:09:00 AM)

    as they saw the ship sinking below the wave, they knew right then that GOD had came
    how else could they have survived if he had not been by their side. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (7/30/2013 1:51:00 PM)

    Lord open wide seas for us, own captain to choose our own way to find our destination...in every way we may choose we may find challenges before we ended the journey...though fate was written but He is fair enough to let us try and pick what we want to do...to reach our final destination later, that fixed and unchanged_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Payal Parande (7/23/2013 6:34:00 AM)

    what a brave story, the sea the lord all elements was just bright and nothing was missing a perfect piece...nice job ma'am (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/11/2013 1:19:00 PM)

    jumped overboard and stuck together
    When the ship sinks in rough seas, must stick together and leave the ship to survive. Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (6/8/2013 3:32:00 PM)

    The Sea is a ferocious adversary which has claimed many a matey's life.
    Nicely written Patricia. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (6/8/2013 12:11:00 AM)

    A turbulent sea is pictured in all its ferociousness! How the sailors on board grapple with the impending danger and in rafts sail down to safety! A very imaginative write! I invite you to read my poem My Voyage! (Report) Reply

  • Dilantha Gunawardana (6/1/2013 12:35:00 AM)

    A beautifully narrated piece of some seafarers' tryst with the wrath of a tempest.............well penned with an eye for detail, which sometime gets lost in fluidity of poetry...........do keep writing! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (3/9/2013 7:56:00 PM)

    Pictorial quality of this poem is awesome. It is represented as a moving scenery before the readers' eyes. Nice! (Report) Reply

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