Monday, June 20, 2011

Scenes at sunset

It has been a dangerously hot day here. We stayed inside for much of the day to avoid the 105 F heat index.

Tonight I sought some refuge at the waterfront. There is a good breeze blowing as the sun is going down. I am splicing some new dock lines. The old ones are stiff and hard to throw on a cleat.

The cargo ships are steaming in and out of this port city. Now there are huge passenger ships coming to dock as well. I wonder where they are bound. The life of a merchant seaman is no doubt interesting at times, but the monotony of endless days at sea must be difficult. I don't think that I would want to give up being with loved ones by choice.

I like the quiet of this time of day. The wind blows through the rigging and makes a howling sound. In the winter it is ominous, but tonight I welcome a strong breeze. The flags are standing out straight. And as night falls, I can feel the heat of the day lessen.

Soon I will go back home, read a little, exercise, and finish up another day. My mother had this poem hung near her bed as long as I can remember. It seems like a good thought to end with:


When you come to the end of a perfect day,
And you sit alone with your thought,
While the chimes ring out with a carol gay,
For the joy that the day has brought,
Do you think what the end of a perfect day
Can mean to tired heart,
When the sun goes down with a flaming ray,
And the dear hearts have to part?
Well, this is the end of a perfect day,
Near the end of a journey, too,
But it leaves a thought that is big and strong,
With a wish that is kind and true.
For mem'ry has painted this perfect day
With colors that never fade,
And we find at the end of a perfect day,
The soul of a friend we've made.
By Carrie Jacobs-Bond


  1. I'm glad you're on the coast and can get some breeze at night by the water. No such luck here. Just solid, unremitting heat.

  2. nice...that is a gentle verse to end the night on syd...thank a downpour for about 5 minutes this afternoon...coolest part of our day...

  3. I've been having perfect days. Could not ask for more.

    It's so pretty where you are.

  4. I worked offshore (on a seismic boat) for 3 years (way back when). We worked 4 weeks on/2 weeks off. Absolutely loved it.

  5. I can almost smell the sea from your photos. Thanks.

  6. It is good when you can recognize a good day.

  7. Love your perfect day. I think the blessing of living on the water is one of life's greatest. I'm glad you love it, too.

  8. It is raining here so much and it is still cool. Our turn for the 100+ weather will be in a month or so.

  9. I like to appreciate my life in simple ways sometimes.
    Appreciating and gratitude lists
    In the past I got caught up in what I didn't have...
    negative attitude kept the addiction alive.

  10. My step-father was a riverboat engineer for 30 years traveling up and down the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Oh, the stories he would tell.


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