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Saturday, 6 October 2012

CAPTAIN IN MY DREAMS

I grew up loving 
the shipping forecast,
the rhythm of the words,
the strange and exotic names,
easing out of the wireless
into my imagination.......

....Viking...North Utsire...South Utsire...Forties...
Cromarty...Forth...Tyne...Dogger...
Fisher...German Bight...Humber...Thames...
Dover...Wight...Portland...Plymouth...
Biscay...Trafalgar...Finisterre...Sole...
Lundy...Fastnet...Irish Sea...Shannon...
Rockall...Malin...Hebrides...Bailey...
Fair Isle...Faeroes...Southeast Iceland...

"Attention all shipping. There are gale warnings........"

At home, secure in bed, 
captain in my dreams,
adventurer in my head,
no risk, no danger for me,
unlike the crews out there
sailing an unpredictable sea.

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