A Moment of Hope by J J Dare

I’m going to step out of the WordPress room today, but I leave you in good hands with one of my favorite childhood poems (I first read it in a very old book of my mother’s). In your memory, Mom:

Cousins, me and Mom at Aunt Bob’s house

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The Captain’s Daughter by James T. Fields

We were crowded in the cabin,
Not a soul would dare to sleep,
It was midnight on the waters,
And a storm was on the deep.

‘Tis a fearful thing in winter
To be shattered by the blast,
And to hear the rattling trumpet
Thunder, “Cut away the mast!”

So we shuddered there in silence,
For the stoutest held his breath,
While the hungry sea was roaring
And the breakers talked with Death.

As thus we sat in darkness,
Each one busy with his prayers,
“We are lost!” the captain shouted
As he staggered down the stairs.

But his little daughter whispered,
As she took his icy hand,
“Isn’t God upon the ocean,
Just the same as on the land?”

Then we kissed the little maiden.
And we spoke in better cheer,
And we anchored safe in harbour
When the morn was shining clear.

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J J Dare is the author of two published books, several short storiesand triple digit works-in-progress. Current enthusiasm is sharpening intangible knives and co-authoring at Rubicon Ranch.

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3 responses to “A Moment of Hope by J J Dare

  1. ruth a.

    Lovely poem!

  2. That’s always been my favorite from Mom’s book of poems, too. I wish I could find a copy of the book for myself.

  3. Becca Jane

    beautiful!

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