Posted in April 2016, NaPoWriMo 2016, Sea Shanty

Sunday Service At Sea

Sea Shantie (or Chantie) about a Sunday Church Service at Sea
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson Ā©2016

#NaPoWriMo–Day 26–Prompt: a challenge to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. Calls-and-responses are used in many sermons and hymns (and also in sea chanties (or shanties)!), in which the preacher or singer asks a question or makes an exclamation, and the audience responds with a specific, pre-determined response. (Think: Can I get an amen?, to which the response is AMEN!.). You might think of the response as a sort of refrain or chorus that comes up repeatedly, while the call can vary slightly each time it is used.
I wrote a Sea Shantie (or Chantie) in which I imagined what a Sunday Service at sea would be like conducted by a fiery Spirit-filled preacher aboard a ship filled with sailors. šŸ™‚

 

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Posted in NaPoWriMo 2013, Sea Shanty

NaPoWriMo 2013, #3–The Cry of the Gulls

Mama said “Don’t go, dear son of mine,
I don’t want my boy in that salty brine.
Stay home and work with me instead,
Help me bake and deliver the bread.”

But oh the cry, the cry of the Gulls,
Keeps callin’ me to the sea,
But oh the cry, the cry of the Gulls,
Just won’t let me be.

“I’m sorry Mama, I just have to go,
please understand and don’t say no,
for that salty sea is beckoning me,
and it’s where I want to be.”

For the cry, the cry of the Gulls,
keeps callin’ me to the sea,
For the cry, the cry of the Gulls,
Just won’t let me be.

“Someday soon I might settle down,
to work and live in your little town,
But, right now Mama, I must go to sea,
For those Gulls keep callin’ me.

Oh the cry, the cry of the Gulls,
Keeps callin’ me to the sea,
Oh the cry, the cry of the Gulls,
Just won’t let me be.

“Sorry Mama, I love the sea.”

Leona J. AtkinsonĀ  04-03-13