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DawnTreader

by Christel Crews

I sailed the seas
with crystal clear water
the wind was high
onward I did venture

I turned and saw
Ebony, thick Ebony
engulf my ship
no further dared I go

The wind was gone
The water dark
no longer did the sun
display her luminescent heart

Hatred and despair
was the crew's outlook
Incapable of turning back
we gazed onward in fear

Amid the disarray
there came a cry
And who declared, no one knows
But to him, our lives we owe

He did cry:
Give us peace!
Deliver us!
Give us victory over night!

For a moment, a pause
no one dared move
Then we saw midst the pit
a rod of sheer power

A slice through the black
and as we stood
In awe, we beheld
the light shaft stream down upon us

The sails took to flight
on wings of eagles
we flew through the night

Sometimes I stop and glance back with fear
shall the Ebony captivate us once again
No fear of yesterday, I proceed
only with anticipation of tomorrow

04/06/2003

Author's Note: inspired by Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis

Posted on 04/07/2003
Copyright © 2019 Christel Crews

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by David R Spellman on 10/03/03 at 03:04 PM

A captivating tale of life's own transit through darkness and into the light. I really like the ending, displaying no fear of the past yet suggesting that the darkness may still be able to overcome us once again. Fortunately, the hope of light still remains.

Posted by Tim J Bono on 11/15/12 at 08:10 AM

Yea! Great imagery and rhythm Christel.

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