Vale Captain

13 Jan

All I need is a few words:
words that will tell somehow
of a life of thoughtful kindness.
‘Who will be captain now?’

Who will guide and keep us,
driven by no spoken vow;
place a hand upon our shoulders?
‘Who will be captain now?’

How can we measure and tell
the complex life of this man:
the acts of a lifelong captain?
only our memories can.


Posted by on 13 January, 2013 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Vale Captain

  1. John Stevens

    15 January, 2013 at 8:49 am

    This is magnificent. It’s obviously a moving tribute to a much loved man, but the lines work so well, with such economy and precision, and spot-on-appropriateness, that they provide the perfect expression of feelings for many other people. I love the simplicity of “Who will be captain now?” and “only our memories can”.
    I also greatly appreciate the preceding short poem.
    When my own father died it took me months to write three poems in response and I can remember the difficulty in trying to judge the right tone and mood.

    • JdUb

      15 January, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thank you very much, John, for these kind words.


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