Friday, 11 March 2016

Tales From The Sea by Eddie Gubbins

Tales From The Sea by Eddie Gubbins

Tales from the Sea is a semi-autobiographical novel based on Eddie Gubbins' life at sea between 1957 and 1969. In its pages the reader will meet the characters, the good, the bad, the comedians and the tough men who manned the ships.They will experience the nights ashore dull, exotic and drunken. Through his eyes they will sample the places he visited. read about the different ships, old and new, as they ploughed across the oceans carrying the products of the world. Weaving a spell over everything is the sea and all its calm or dangerous moods. 
To most seamen the sea itself calls. No seaman will ever know what moods will greet them when they sail out of port to meet their mistress or how the mood can change very quickly. This is the excitement of the sea!


The Sailor’s Mistress 

When the cargo is loaded and all falls quiet
The sea itself is calling,
Beckoning the sailor out there beyond the dock.
His mistress is waiting
Where the river meets the sea.
He has no real knowledge of what her reaction will be When he sails out to meet her.
She may greet him in a calm, balmy mood,
Like a gentle lover entwining him in her arms,
Leaving him refreshed and happy when they part.
It might be that she is angry
And will meet him with unmatched violence
A violence that beats upon the senses
And leaves the lovers drained and exhausted,
Ready to rush apart,
Ready to find a place of peace and quiet
Not the feeling of complete satisfaction.
Like all lovers, the sea and the sailor
Will never quite know what moods will greet them when they meet
Or how the mood can change very quickly.
This is the excitement of the sea.
Every time a ship leaves port,
The sailor approaches that love
With a mixture of exhilaration and apprehension.
Will they together make beautiful love under a clear blue sky
Or will they fight?
It is not for the sailor to subdue the sea
But to live with her moods
In the hope that he can survive.
The sea is calling, always calling
As a lover calls. 


Available from Amazon and www.createspace.com as a paperback.
From Kindle store and www.smashwords.com as an ebook for downloading.