Whale Watcher: The Nantucket Project

by scatterednotebooks

Freeimages.com/Bartek Ambrozik

There once was a man from Nantucket
(wait for it…)
Who wanted to go to the sea<
He meant to see whales
so he hoisted his sails
and toward the horizon went he

This man from Nantucket sailed boldly
with a watchful eye to the waves
he spotted for blows
yet, much to his woe
he saw nary a breach nor a tail

He sailed as the sun dropped behind him
and pointed his bow to the deep
on through the night
‘gainst the cold and the brine
he watched and waited to see

It happened that night in the moonlight
he heard more than saw past the sail
he heard a low spray
and saw in the wake
the barnacled humpback whale

It started with one whale who sailed close
he felt the boat nudged off to port
then from way deep down
the boat lifted out
and turned in the direction of home

This man from Nantucket was frightened
and he gripped the gunwale in dismay
but a whale breached beside him
in an effort to guide him
suggesting, Man you must be on your way.

© L. Rose

via Daily Prompt: Sail

When I tell my boyfriend, Doug, that I’ve written a new poem, it is not unusual for him to ask, “is it, ‘there once was a man from Nantucket’?” – I roll my eyes, of course, and chuckle, but it spurred a desire to do something about it. Somehow, this is what I came up with…fun.

Thanks for reading! ~ Linda

17 Comments to “Whale Watcher: The Nantucket Project”

  1. Very good he should be pleased with it.:)

    You forgot your name and tags.

  2. I’m glad you did 🙂

  3. Great read! I actually felt my eyes widen when the whale entered the story- guess I got too deeply immersed! 😅 Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m glad you liked it. That makes me happy!

    • Although, I am not a man from Nantucket, I actually experienced something like what is in this piece. My dad sailed a bit too close to a pod of whales when we lived in CA, and we got bumped, lifted up a bit and knocked off course about 45 degrees. It was exciting…my sister screamed like a little girl.

      • What an adventure! I can only imagine what that must have been like. I’m picturing a young girl screaming on a boat now… it’s quite vivid 😅

      • That makes me chuckle – it’s true. We were all a bit tweaked by the experience, but she pretty much flipped out. Dad got out of there fairly as quickly as possible.

      • Well can’t blame her! 🙂 Sounds exciting though. And ah, always the parents: so resourceful!

  4. Love the name Nantucket, it somehow lends itself to poetry as you have proven with your delicious “Whale watcher”

  5. I haven’t as yet, but please look up “the Whale” by Fielding and Dyer on youtube I did originally write it as a poem, but we decided to create a folk song out of it back in the day.

  6. Just gave it a listen; VERY nice! I love stuff like that. Thanks for pointing it out.

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