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Crossing the Line

I remember ‘Crossing the Line’

A Line with no shape or form.

just marked on a chart or map.

Or even just in our minds.

But, from the North, I passed into the South.


As I watched, the sun went down.

I stood alone on the deck.

at peace and contentment,

with myself and the world,

 I stood.

I remember ‘Crossing the Line’.


The Sun was a Red and Golden Fireball.

No long twilights as in the Summers’ of the Northern lands.

Here, She just slipped silently over the distant Horizon

And vanished till the next day.

When we were or now more rightly, had ‘Crossed the Line’’.


Tomorrow would be another day.

What would it bring?

As we headed steadily on at seventeen knots

Twenty Four hours a day.

Unless we ‘hit’ a storm that would

toss and roll us up and down

and from port to starboard

and starboard to port.

Watertight hatches and doors

closed and deadlights battened shut.


Would vastness of the Southern Ocean

be little different that of the Northern?

Landfall was still days, if not Weeks away.

Now that we had crossed that Shapeless, Formless Line.


The light and the smell of the Ocean, the very texture

of the endless water that stretched from

 Horizon to Horizon, changed day by day

Passing or being passed by other ships.


Steaming North or South

some of them broken down

and stopped for repairs.

the same as happened to us on the ‘King James’.

Passed with the arrogance and disdain

 by the P and O Liner ‘Canberra’.


But three days later

We would pass her, drifting without power,

Cheeky Seamen getting their revenge

By showing ‘their cheeks’.

Lectured by the Captain,

with a smile on his face

about showing respect.


We headed further South

Hundreds of miles

after Crossing the Line.


South Africa,

days instead of weeks away.

Capetown and Table Mountain


Then on to Port Elizabeth

What Adventures awaited

After ‘Crossing the Line’





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lauraborealisis Mar 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for following my work! Your support is truly appreciated. :heart:
Hi David, I thought you might be interested to know that I have redone the picture I did for your birthday. I am much happier with it now so I hope you like what I have done with it too! :hug:
Thanks for the faves and watch! :)
Tzoli Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the favourites!
Thanks so much for watch David.  :iconmyheartplz:
Very glad you liked those two verses so much--if you'd like to try setting them to a tune, go right ahead!

Not only am I clueless, but am tuneless as well. I used to play the piano, but I think all I could do now is find 'middle C'.

Maybe, nice with some nice, gentle smooth jazz?

I'd think something more folksy.
similar to Afro-Celt Sound System, Kelt or American... blue grass?
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ShlomitMessica Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
TY, David for the watch :hug:
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