Ballad: Our Crew of Two

This poem is a little different fare from most of the others on this site in that it is not directly related to the Bible.  Instead, this is a poem about a marriage.  The form is simple:  ABAB, and it’s a story-song, a ballad.

Ballad:  Our Crew of Two

When we set forth, the breeze blew fair,

The sun shone balmy, warm.

Our sheets were fixed; sail filled with air,

No warning of the storm.

 

Our crew of two, so cheerfully,

With confidence untried,

Thought we could lick the strongest sea

And still enjoy the ride.

 

In dinghy small: in ocean great

Our tiny course still true.

We charted stars to navigate;

From Heaven took our cue.

 

And so we cruised for many years,

Successful in our tour.

With frequent laughter, scarcer tears,

The partnership secure.

 

But one night when the stars were gone

And clouds obscured our view,

A gust surprised us, struck head-on

And blew the mast askew.

 

In darkness thick, with rising surge,

We struggled with the sail.

The waves now threatened to submerge

Our vessel in the gale.

 

We could not see to douse or reef

And so we grappled, blind;

Our crew of two, in disbelief

Left buoyancy behind.

 

The dinghy tossed like wreckage now

And, hope so far from sight,

We tried once more and then, somehow,

Our crew began to fight.

 

Through foam and froth and swelling wave

Our agitation grew.

Each violent blast a cause to rave,

To quarrel, stage a coup.

 

Our crew of two, now one-on-one,

Not just against the squall

Attacked each other ‘til undone,

A rebel’s free-for-all.

 

So will we drown in waters vast

This tempest take our souls?

And, sinking, will we still lambaste

Each other’s weak controls?

 

Or could we, if we changed our tack

And pulled together, firm,

Outlast this storm, this inky black,

Our partnership affirm?

 

Oh, please, let’s try, although the sky

Above is dire and grim.

You take an oar and so will I,

Together scull and skim.

 

I’ll call you “Captain;”  call me “Mate.”

We’ll rally, make amends.

And, crew of two, we’ll navigate

This stormy night as friends.

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