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Old 19th November 2012, 14:35
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Bank Line Odyssey

Bank Line Odyssey


A big bluff bow looms over the quay,
and a shaking ladder beckons me.
This magic beanstalk, I understand,
will whisk me off to foreign lands.

Soon, the sun and flying fish
show the way - a special bliss
of still, calm dawns, and sudden storms.
Twinkling lights, - special nights.

Working cargo through the night
wet and sticky, might fuse the lights?
Sweating gunnies between the beams,
with glinting hooks and native teams.

Hardship sometimes is the one I'm on.
All at war, and nothing won.
Unlucky in the choice of ship,
and feeling numb on a 2 year trip.

Then a port calls out loud and clear,
the bars; the girls; if it's not too dear !
the barren living put on pause,
It's paradise on distant shores.

All is pleasure, all is fun,
then, sailing onward in the sun.
Endless days, and the tricky ways
of working up the daily run.

Moonless nights and a zillion stars,
Jar the senses from afar.
It's timeless space, and the human race
sees just how small, we really are.

A bright blue planet floating free.
Ants tracking over miles of sea.
We keep our watch, the dolphin dives,
we're living out our own short lives.

Something special, and precious too,
these trips were a potent brew.
We tasted things, quite rare today
and savoured times long gone away.

It was the Bank Line, both wild and free.
Best for those who went to sea.
All the ports, strange human sorts,
A heady cocktail, just made for thee!

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Old 19th November 2012, 17:37
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Odyssey.....

Alan... You've excelled yourself with this poem!
Congratulations!
Alistair
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Old 20th November 2012, 01:48
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Fantastic! I bet there's more of this somewhere Alan, look forward to more.
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Old 20th November 2012, 10:17
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Thanks Guys - much appreciated!
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Old 1st January 2013, 17:56
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Sea Mystery

Sometimes when Iím lonely,
I think of life at sea,
the endless miles of open ocean and
all the birds so free.

Is there a pattern hard to see,
among the waves and troughs?
or is it all a random thing
just nothingness, and froth?

There is a beauty, wild and proud,
an earthly majesty,
free, for all the lonely folk,
staring out to sea.
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Old 17th March 2013, 20:37
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Well done, Alan.

All you need is love, as the Beatles expressed the knowledge of men who preceded any of us!
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Old 17th March 2013, 20:54
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alan Rawlinson View Post
Sometimes when Iím lonely,
I think of life at sea,
the endless miles of open ocean and
all the birds so free.

Is there a pattern hard to see,
among the waves and troughs?
or is it all a random thing
just nothingness, and froth?

There is a beauty, wild and proud,
an earthly majesty,
free, for all the lonely folk,
staring out to sea.
Brilliant (and thought provoking)

Think we've all been there Alan, though not able to describe it so succinctly.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 18th April 2015, 12:43
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How lucky we were

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Bank Line Odyssey


On my 80th birthday, I was just thinking how lucky I was, and how lucky we all were to sail in the Bank Line. What a magical start to a career and to working life itself - Anyone agree?

Below is my attempt to put it all to verse.

A big bluff bow looms over the quay,
and a shaking ladder beckons me.
This magic beanstalk, I understand,
will whisk me off to foreign lands.

Soon, the sun and flying fish
show the way - a special bliss
of still, calm dawns, and sudden storms.
Twinkling lights, - special nights.

Working cargo through the night
wet and sticky, might fuse the lights?
Sweating gunnies between the beams,
with glinting hooks and native teams.

Hardship sometimes is the one I'm on.
All at war, and nothing won.
Unlucky in the choice of ship,
and feeling numb on a 2 year trip.

Then a port calls out loud and clear,
the bars; the girls; if it's not too dear !
the barren living put on pause,
It's paradise on distant shores.

All is pleasure, all is fun,
then, sailing onward in the sun.
Endless days, and the tricky ways
of working up the daily run.

Moonless nights and a zillion stars,
Jar the senses from afar.
It's timeless space, and the human race
sees just how small, we really are.

A bright blue planet floating free.
Ants tracking over miles of sea.
We keep our watch, the dolphin dives,
we're living out our own short lives.

Something special, and precious too,
these trips were a potent brew.
We tasted things, quite rare today
and savoured times long gone away.

It was the Bank Line, both wild and free.
Best for those who went to sea.
All the ports, strange human sorts,
A heady cocktail, just made for thee!

This was written a couple of years ago - pure nostalgia!!

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Old 18th April 2015, 14:04
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I'll drink to that.
And a belated many happy returns.
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Old 19th April 2015, 00:58
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Good on ya Alan, 80 is young! The current skipper and my friend and mentor on the Paddle Steamer "Waimarie" is a young 84. So that's a great thing to be, still doing what he loves, still fit enough to be able to do it and pass on his years of knowledge to the likes of the young folk like me, weighing in at a relatively sprightly 67!
I have a real belief that age is just a number and I think you have proved this. Also to be able to enjoy poetry of such quality from the likes of yourself is a joy.
The words say it all about Bank Line, been there, done that, so true, all the tough times, hard work etc wiped away by a damn good run ashore, ready and willing for the next round, although generally hungover, broke and praying that nothing would come of a liason with some dusky "maiden" the night before.
Certainly brings out the philosopher in you.
Keep it coming.
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Old 19th April 2015, 05:36
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Happy 80th Birthday Alan....Here's to many more...Johnny
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Old 19th April 2015, 09:27
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Thanks Guys for all the nice comments - I agree birthdays are just ' numbers' ! Regarding our time in the Bank Line, I suspect the glasses get rosier with the passing years, but no denying it was an amazing and priviliged time in many ways.
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Old 19th April 2015, 10:10
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Happy birthday, Alan, and all the best.
Great poem, and it sums up 'Bank Line' perfectly.... and there's nothing wrong with rose coloured glasses, I wear mine all the time!

Kindest regards,

Jim.
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Old 20th April 2015, 01:42
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alan rawlinson.sm.yesterday.17:27.#12.happy birthday.may you have many more.regards ben27
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Old 20th April 2015, 20:11
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It must be nearly sixty years since we "Odysseyed "on the Irisbank,two unforgettable Bank Line years.My very best wishes to you Alan on your 80th birthday and many more.
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Old 20th April 2015, 23:53
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Alan,you have a way with words that bring all the memories flooding back.Just like school I am just a few months behind you,80th comes up in october,
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Old 21st April 2015, 09:23
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Thanks to all above for the nice comments - much appreciated

Joe, it is 59 years almost to the day we were on the Oz coast on our first trip around the world on the Irisbank. You and the other App. Garnham were helping me celebrate my 21st - and we were as happy as pigs in the proverbial!

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Old 21st April 2015, 09:58
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Congratulations on reaching the big 8-0, Alan!
I have just passed "all the sevens" and, as with Joe and your good self, in my case I go back 60 years to sailing with Alistair
Happy days.

Keith
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