We are all lonely voyagers sailing on life’s ebb tide,
To a far off place were all stripling warriors have died,
Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
The voices call us back to the rippling water’s flow.
Even though our boat sailed with love in our hearts,
Neither our dreams or plans would keep heaven far apart,
We drift through the hush of God’s twilight pale,
With no response to our friendly hail.
We raise our sails and search for majestic light,
While finding company on this journey to the brighten our night,
Then suddenly he pulls us through the reef’s cutting sea,
Back to the place that he asked us to be.
Friendly barges that were anchored so sweetly near,
In silent sorrow they drop their salted tears,
Shall our soul be a feast of kelp and brine,
The wasted tales of wishful time.
Are we a fish on a line lured with bait,
Is life the grind, a heartless fate,
Suddenly, “HUSH”, said the wind from afar,
Have you not looked to the heavens and seen the new star?
It danced on the abyss of the evening sky,
The sparkle of heaven shining on high,
Its whisper echoed on the ocean’s spray,
From the bow to the mast they heard him say:
“Hope is above, not found in the deep,
I am alive in your memories and dreams when you sleep,
I will greet you at sunset and with the moon’s evening smile,
I will light your path home.. every last lonely mile.
My friends, have no fear, my work was done well,
In this life I broke the waves and rode the swell,
I found faith in those that I called my crew,
My love will be the compass that will see you through.
So don’t look for me on the ocean’s floor to find,
I’ve never left the weathered docks of your loving mind,
For I am in the moon, the wind and the whale’s evening song,
I am the sailor of eternity whose voyage is not gone.”
― Shannon L. Alder