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Old October 18th, 2017, 12:56 AM
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Default A Tribute to James

I would like to thank Cruise Mate Paul Beighley for this wonderful poem, and for giving me permission to use it as a tribute to James.
I have a picture to go with it, but I cannot get it to post.

The Ship Of Life by Paul Beighley

A life, in many ways, is like
A cruise upon the sea
For naked come we to the ship,
Our minds all new and free.
Some will find the grandest suites
Where luxuries abound,
And some inside the lowest decks
In crowded rooms are found.
Some will dine in supper clubs
Partake of vintage wines,
And some will find much plainer fare
And stand in crowded lines.
The ship will visit many lands
With tours to fill the day,
And some may marvel at the sights
And wish that they could stay.
There, on the many decks, we meet
Both family and friends.
Perhaps we find our mates for the life
Until the journey ends.
But, sad it is, at every port
A few of us must stay,
While others savour robust life
To cruise another day.
There's much to do for everyone
With activities galore,
To work, to play and to compete
To strive and reach for more.
But some of us will spend our days
Just gazing at the sea,
Not thinking of what might have been
Or the person we could be.
No matter what the path we choose
On the waves or ‘neath the sky
We need to give it all we've got
And hold our heads up high.
There may be storms along our path
With winds that rip and tear
But with the Captain on the bridge
There will be naught to fear.
And when our cruise comes to an end
And we can sail no more,
We'll meet the Captain on the deck
To escort us to the shore.
For when, at last, we disembark
Great joy will ease our pain,
For in another time or place,
Our ship will cruise again.

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