The Sailor’s Visit

The sailor’s visit

Alone, she stares into the fire
a shawl around her shoulder
the days seem oh so very long
nights darker and much colder.

Why did he go away to sea?
Why become a sailor?
He could have taken any trade
a blacksmith, or a tailor.

S’pose he wants to see the world
and his country for to fight
in tears she blows the candle out
and goes to bed each night…

But, this night she was woken with a start
she heard the latch undo
she heard the creaking of the stairs
and called out, “who are you?”

He put a finger to her lips
“Hush my love, ’tis me.”
He held her tight as she sobbed with joy
it had been so long you see

He gently lay her on the bed
and kissed away her tears
between them not a word was said
as he loved away her fears.

She soundly slept upon his chest
after the loving had been so sweet
But when she awoke her love was gone
she ran into the street

Straight into two fine gentlemen
naval uniform they did wear
they led her back inside the house
and sat her in a chair

“’tis sorry we are, the news is bad.”
Her hand went to her throat
“Your husband’s ship did sink he…
never made it to a boat.”

“But that can’t be, it can’t,” she cried
“He was here last night, with me!”
“That’s impossible,” the officer said
“He’s been dead two weeks, nearly three.”

And now she visits his shimmering grave,
throwing petals upon the water
No longer alone, she sees his eyes
as she looks down by her side, at their daughter.

About the author

1581 Up Votes
I'm a mother of four fantastic children (three grown up now) I took up writing again as I became disabled after a paralysing illness and needed a focus. I like to draw and paint to keep my hands busy and moving, and writing keeps my brain cells stretched, keeping the old cogs working. Of course it also keeps me out of mischief. Much love Cate

More from Catehayes

Just a Little Virus
Just a Little Virus It’s just a little virus What harm can it do? It’s a bit worse...
Read More
A Poppy’s Whisper
A Poppy’s Whisper A token to remember The sacrifices great Of those who laid their lives...
Read More
A Mother’s Last Dawn
I thought it a fitting time to submit this poem again with it being the 100th anniversary of the...
Read More
Cigarettes and Lifeless Eyes
Cigarettes and Lifeless Eyes Ted ducks. ‘That one was close,’ shouts his mate...
Read More
If you enjoyed reading this, show your appreciation to the author with a thumbs up! 6

Catehayes would love your feedback, please leave your comments below:

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
13th Sep 2016
Thanks for voting!
This is really quite lovely Cate, well done.
24th Oct 2016
Thanks for voting!
Thank you, I'm glad you like it
27th Aug 2016
Thanks for voting!
Oh that was just lovely Cate beautifully written. Thank you for sharing it.
24th Oct 2016
Thanks for voting!
Thank you for reading it Kes I'm so glad you enjoy my poems
Thanks for voting!
What a beautifully written poem Cate .. thanks for sharing 🙂
23rd Jun 2016
Thanks for voting!
Thank you for publishing it, much appreciated. Best wishes Cate

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

Showcase your literature

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
Click here to visit the showcase home page