Poems/Songs

Columbus Day

COLUMBUS

Behind him lay the gray Azores,

Behind the gates of Hercules;

Before him not the ghost of shores,

The good Mate said: “Now we must pray,

For lo! the very stars are gone.

Brave Admiral, speak, what shall I say?”

“Why, say, ‘Sail on! sail on! and on!'”

“My men grow mutinous day by day;

My men grow ghastly wan and weak!”

The stout Mate thought of home; a spray

Of salt wave washed his swarthy cheek.

“What shall I say, brave Admiral, say,

If we sight naught but seas at dawn?”

“Why, you shall say at break of day,

‘Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!'”

They sailed. They sailed. Then spake the Mate:

“This mad sea shows its teeth tonight.

He curls his lip, he lies in wait,

With lifted teeth, as if to bite!

Brave Admiral, say but one good word;

What shall we do when hope is gone?”

The words leapt like a leaping sword:

“Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!”

Then, pale and worn, he kept his deck

And peered through darkness. Ah! that night

Of all dark nights! And then a speck–

A light! A light! A light! A light!

It, grew, a starlit flag unfurled!

It grew to be Time’s burst of dawn.

He gained a world; he gave that world

It’s grandest lesson: “On! sail on!”

–Joaquin Miller

NOTE:   History, Scripture, Literature gives us testimonies of giants of heroism who walked this earth. Today we still have those who are shinning examples of endurance and great character. Some may be in the public eye, but many live a quiet and courageous life. I have had the personal privilege of knowing some of these individuals. They, as this poem does, inspire and challenge me in my own personal walk. REMEMBER….darkness is always followed by the dawn, rain ends with a rainbow, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

               “Sail on!, Sail on!, Sail on! and on!”

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Poems/Songs, Seasonal

A Soldier’s King**

  

December 13, 2014

 

This is a very special Christmas Song. The only artist I’ve heard sing this is Kenny Rogers. At various times, I have used these words as a recitation in Christmas Programs. The words of this song flow together and paint a lovely picture. ENJOY !!

 

No one seem to notice

The man beside the road

He was just a ragged soldier

Our there in the cold

But he seemed to have a purpose

Only known to him

As he walked along the streets that night

Through the town of Bethlehem

In his head he held the memory

Of all the wars he’d known

In his hand he clutched a medal

For the bravery he’s shown

And the weight of every battle

He carried in his heart

But his eyes were clear and searching

For a manger in the dark

Some are born to greatness

Some are born to fall

Some are bound to be forgotten

Like they never lived at all

But we’re all born to know Him

And stand before His light

Like the soldier who found

his King tonight

 He had marched for politicians

Served under their command

And he fought for all their causes

That he did not understand

But there was something

deep inside him now

That led him on his way

With a single star to guide him

To where the Baby lay

He stood before the Son of God

Come to pay our debt

Who smiled up at the soldier

That the world would soon forget

So he held out his medal

And said, “This is for You I bring”

To the newborn Baby King

Some are born to greatness

Some are born to fall

Some are bound to be forgotten

Like they never lived at all

But we’re all born to know Him

And stand before His light

Like the soldier who found

his King tonight

 

**Composed by: Kenny Horton & John Jarvis

Copyright 1996: Prinetta Music Publishing

Performed by: Kenny Rogers on his album The Gift

 

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness

rather than in its value.

(Charles Dudley Warner)

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