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SHIPS AT ANCHOR, by            
First Line: I love to watch them rocking to and fro
Last Line: To find the rushing high-ways of the sea.
Subject(s): Anchors; Harbors; Seashore; Ships & Shipping; Travel; Beach; Coast; Shore; Journeys; Trips


I love to watch them rocking to and fro——
A swish of water their faint lullaby——
Brave, patient ships, that slowly sway and lie
On the soft surface of the harbor's calm
When, could they speak, they would long unutterably
To face about and make their way to sea.

And while they wait do they perhaps recall
The shores of Africa, the fields of Spain?
Do they through Summer silence see again
The bright still sunshine of Norwegian skies?
Graceful as gulls they dip rhythmically
Waiting to swing out to the open sea.

Swaying so gently in the noon-day sun,
Their grey shapes mirrored in the water's face
They rock at anchor in that peaceful place
Deaming, perhaps, of beckoning, distant shores,
Of the dear moment that will set them free
To find the rushing high-ways of the sea.





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