Marine Scotland

Today is the day of the Seafarer

June 25, 2018 by 1 Comment | Category Marine Scotland general, Marine Scotland Science, Research Vessel Surveys

Today is the ‘Day of the Seafarer’ and to celebrate, we wanted to share a very special poem penned by our resident bard, net rigger and father of two Matt Kinghorn.

It’s a little something for all of you who work at sea.

Day of the Seafarer

It’s not easy you know, going to sea,
Maybe for some but not for me.

I grew up on the coast hearing waves hit the shore,
The wonders of the ocean impossible to ignore.

My Dad, a skipper, already under its spell,
Fishing all year, his boat dancing in the swell.

Painting blue on the deck and white on the rail,
Hand in hand with my father longing to set sail.

“Wait until you’re older” Mum said “then you can”,
I’d be just like my hero I thought, my Dad, the fisherman.

Like any other trip, he filled his boat with supplies,
We hugged, we kissed, we said our goodbyes.

But he never came home, I never saw him again,
And it still hurts as much now as it did back then.

Many years have since past, that little boy has grown,
I have a wife and two daughters, a beautiful family of my own.

I go to sea now too, I find it hard when we’re apart,
But my family sail with me in my thoughts and in my heart.

I’ll so often find myself gazing over the side,
Wishing my father could have met them and talked of us with pride.

It’s not easy you know, going to sea,
But I’m just trying to be the best dad that I can be.

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