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Graelen Dale

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By harlita   |   Watch
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Published: July 27, 2006
A painted illusion the cat did bring
To the solace of the morning sting
Of sunshine through the open wind
The boy draws out the tale

Love’s frolic in the afternoon
He knows he must be going soon
His youthfulness does not know gloom
And the ship sets sail

Four winds accompany the crew
Just as the winds often do
An omen they wished it would prove
The voyage from Graelen Dale

A simple boy with writing pad
Sketches out the scene they had
Strokes lovingly his friendly cat
Sitting upon a pail

The Captain takes up his trusty horn
And in a moment it is blown
All hands on deck as it is known
To tighten down the sails

With wide eyes the boy looks about
When the Captain gives his shout
Shipmates begin to scurry round
Another ship has hailed

An opposing flag in the wind blows
The Captain yells out at his foe
And in his heart the young boy knows
His ship may not prevail

The canons begin their angry roar
Ammunition lines the floor
The writing pad is carefully stored
And the boy does join the fight

He’s a cabin boy, put to sea
Took the position merrily
Like his father before him he will be
On the ocean tonight

His mother bade him not to go
His heart’s admire walks the floor
But that just made him want it more
He knows that he may die

The boy runs the canon to and fro
Hold his ears when it is blown
Takes care to point where it must go
The Captain holds him high

The war on the sea rages on
Sun up, sun down, from dusk till dawn
And in four days the enemy is gone
The Captain, though has died

The boy is shaken by his death
Of 200 men, twelve are left
The Captain said with his last breath
“Boy, spread my ashes in Graelen Dale”

Sketches of war held in his hand
Yesterday a boy, today a man
His brings home a wedding band
A wedding in Graelen Dale
© 2006 - 2019 harlita
It's about a boy. It's about a boat.

Oh! And there's a cat and a pail.
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