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To help get us through the tail end of summer Blazersedge Poet Laureate Dr. Dave has checked in with his latest offering.  Enjoy!

                                             Sargasso Summer

                              Give wind and tide a chance to change.
                                                                                     Richard E. Byrd

Like sailors on a cyber sea
Our gaze more fore than aft
Hearts affixed on distant port
And mem'ries in our draft.

Wind and current - two good friends
Keep hands and minds a flurry
Hoist the mainsail! Lash those lines!
In frenzied times we scurry.

But August brings the sailor's bane:
An eerie stillness s'rounds ye
As in The Doldrums find we now
 . . .the dread Sargasso Sea.

"Dead in the water!"  Aye, lament
As wind and waves lie down.
Boredom, strife . . . insanity
and mate on mate abounds.

Seaweed . . . stench. No fish in sight
The water's runnin' low
We're all a wishin' oars we had
At least then, we could row. . .

                  * * *

Ahoy ye mates! A sign I spy!
Look up - atop the mast!
The flag's a flickerin'. Can it be. . .
September's breath at last?

It won't be long a'til we depart
This curs-ed, wretched sea
Then. . .open water, billowed sail . . .
I'll drink a toast to thee.