I was a sailor once, upon the sea,
Gazed on horizon, examined me.
Rising storms embraced the roll,
Teeming water, held my soul.
I hammered and climbed, reached
And pulled and leaned into the wind.
Lifted, shouted, hauled and swung,
Bold heart to windward bend.
I was a sailor once, dolphins at the bow.
Albatross soared the wake we’d plow.
Spraying salt would pervade my breath,
Reflected moon spoke watery death.
I was a sailor once, far. far away.
A sailor once, red sky at day,
A sailor once, no sight of land
A sailor once upon God’s hand.
Foreign ports and narrow eyes,
Piercing doubt, mischievous lies.
A sailor once, I rode the sea.
A sailor once ... will always be.