Parody of Poem "Call of the Running Tide"

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  1. brian eiland
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    brian eiland Senior Member

    A friend recently sent me this very funny parody on John Masefield's famous poem, The Call of the Running Tide". There is certainly an element of truth here.

    I must go down to the sea again, in a modern high-tech boat,
    And all I ask is electric, for comfort while afloat,
    And alternators, and solar panels, and generators going,
    And deep cycle batteries with many amperes flowing.

    I must go down to the sea again, to the autopilot’s ways,
    And all I ask is a GPS, and a radar, and displays,
    And a cell phone, and a weatherfax, and a shortwave radio,
    And compact disks, computer games and TV videos.

    I must go down to the sea again, with a freezer full of steaks,
    And all I ask is a microwave, and a blender for milkshakes,
    And a watermaker, air-conditioner, hot water in the sink,
    And e-mail and a VHF to see what my buddies think.

    I must go down to the sea again, with power-furling sails,
    And chart displays of all the seas, and a bullhorn for loud hails,
    And motors pulling anchor chains, and push-button sheets,
    And programs which take full charge of tacking during beats.

    I must go down to the sea again, and not leave friends behind,
    And so they never get seasick we’ll use the web online,
    And all I ask is an Internet with satellites over me,
    And beaming all the data up, my friends sail virtually.

    I must go down to the sea again, record the humpback whales,
    Compute until I decipher their language and their tales,
    And learn to sing in harmony, converse beneath the waves,
    And befriend the gentle giants as my synthesizer plays.

    I must go down to the sea again, with RAM in gigabytes,
    and teraflops of processing for hobbies that I like,
    And software suiting all my wants, seated at my console
    And pushing on the buttons which give me complete control.

    I must go down to the sea again, my concept seems quite sound,
    But when I simulate this boat, some problems I have found.
    The cost is astronomical, repairs will never stop,
    Instead of going sailing, I’ll be shackled to the dock.

    I must go down to the sea again, how can I get away?
    Must I be locked in low-tech boats until my dying day?
    Is there no cure for my complaint, no technologic fix?
    Oh, I fear this electric fever is a habit I can’t kick
     
  2. Ari
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    Ari Patience s/o Genius

    Oh..what a poem Brian..

    in so short a while technology had become so far advance compared to days of "The Old Man And The Sea"..
    and yet here I'am still sailing "the seven sail Phinisi"
    ..albeit loaded with lotsa electric gizmo gadjet..!
    What a beauty from Sulawesi..
    love to load the new one with with mast aft system theory..
    so that I'll have new reason to go down to sea..!
     
  3. brian eiland
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    brian eiland Senior Member

    Thought I might bring this thread up again as recently I've had 3 inquires as to where this poem originated. Regrettable I can't tell you. It was sent to me by some associate who recalled my use of the 'Call of the Running Tide' on my website opening.

    So here it is again to enjoy
     
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