This, My Columbia

This, My Columbia
... The Columbia River

" Cosmos Cascading " (10x23)

" Cosmos Cascading " (10x23)
August, 2011 id3300

" Blacking Streaking Black Red " ( Right Corner View )

" Blacking Streaking Black Red " ( Right Corner View )
August, 2011 id3286

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Going to the Sea and Finding the Tyger Hawk and Love - A Poem by John Jay Licata

A lad of seventeen
In the Summer of Sixty-two -
Rode the SeaMar, the MassMar
And the Steel King -

Liberty Ships across an ocean
Humming and churning,
The engines would sing
All the night steady and bring

Upon sun risen sparkled waters
And through the Panama Canal
An aquamarine of a morning's Spring

And for signing on and paid a pittance,
These three ships journeyed me
Once afraid, then bold and brave onto

Heavens and moons and faces of Gods
From the bow, the deck and the bridge
Night stars and a trembling embrace
Of the first dreamings of Yahweh
And glimpses of love

From the faraway place,
The hand that makes fire, makes ice,

The calling song
Of a woman's heartbeat,
The Tyger Hawk and love...

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