He sailed and crashed upon a bluff
And they rescued the old man there.
With his young crew, dreamers too.
They were just doing what dreamers sometimes do.
Once I heard his story true.
His lifetime of sailing,
His loyal crew.
I cannot dislike this old man of the sea.
I saw someone I really wanted to be.
He was a handsome old rugged man
With a rascally smile.
Weathered brown skin.
Some were enraged at the debris he left upon the rocks.
I followed his story and wondered in vain
What he talked about, did it sound insane?
Late at night in the darkness
while sailing the sea
with this freshman crew
on a raft
Across the wide waters
what were his stories,
the old eccentric sailor
One man I wished I had met.
ocean raft sailor
hero to the lost cause