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    THE CASTAWAY

    There was Bob McKendrick, Jack and me,
    And a Lascar nearly dead,
    All that survived the sinking,
    That explosion hot and red.

    The Lascar died before the night,
    Had born the coming day,
    And I thought it queer within my mind,
    To ask how Lascars pray.

    We spoke the words we'd heard before,
    Then released him to the deep,
    The heat exhaustion, wounds as well,
    We were to weak to weep.

    The seventh day McKendrick left,
    Sir Bob of the laugh was he,
    He had a wife and son back home,]
    On the shore of the cold North Sea,

    Three trips he'd made with jack and me,
    On the long New Zealand run,
    The times we'd toast a beer or two,
    To the girls of Wellington.

    Day fifteen dawned bright and clear,
    Jack staring at the blue,
    He'd gone and left while I had slept,
    My friend had signed off too.

    Twenty days and two has passed,
    When a vessel came my way,
    Her name unknown, a merchantman,
    In her wartime colors grey.

    Ian A. Millar

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    Cheers, another thought provoking poem.

    Do wonder as to the characters named as to if
    they were real / fact but, the message raising
    awareness is huge.

    Regards,

    Keith.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Keith: The poem came about from some notes I had from when our ship was in Rio. I was sitting in the missions to seamen when I got chatting with a fellow from a British ship and he told me about his uncle who survived a similar incident. The names are fictitious.

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    Thanks for that, poems can be powerful, meaningful and hold an impact
    but, a little info from the mind / memory of the poet can assist much.

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