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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday - My Son, The Voyager

March 23, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, poems, ponderings, adventure

Happy Poetry Friday, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my youngest!

Seth turns 22 today, and we got in a little birthday visiting earlier in the week up in the mountains. Busy Spring - he graduates from college as a religious studies major in less than two months! Then he's off to do a year's internship in the heart of one of our Southern cities, working with unhoused/homeless folks in a vibrant, progressive program. He's got the head and heart for it, though prayers for him and for the people he'll meet will always be welcome.

Seth took a creative writing class this semester, and he wrote a children's poem as one of the assignments. I asked if I could share it today! Enjoy.

The Voyager
by Seth Black

I set out, map in hand,
The wind just right for me,
Caught fabric in my sail,
And off I was indeed

To far and distant shores
The likes have not been seen.
The water clear as day
Stands vastly in between.

Whatís that? Ė I hear a call.
I guess itís time to eat.
ďIíve made your favorite dear.Ē
Alas! I love grilled cheese.

Walking my own plank,
I dive into the sea.
The blue float drifts away
But not my memory.

Iíll always have my ship.
A voyager, Iíll be.
For I am not a boy
But captain of the sea.

©Seth Black. All rights reserved.

Yes, we're proud of Seth's adventurous spirit.

Sail on over to Reading to the Core, where Captain Catherine is harnessing lots of poetic winds for our sails.
Bon Voyage!


  1. March 23, 2017 11:28 PM EDT
    It sounds like he's off on quite an adventure! We're so lucky as a society to have passionate, enthusiastic young people who are willing to serve and help others. I work in a struggling neighbourhood - it can be incredibly challenging, but so very rewarding. Best of luck to him!
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  2. March 23, 2017 11:56 PM EDT
    Beautiful poem by your son Robyn. I wish him smooth sailing on his next venture after graduating. Lovely image too! My son just finished college also, and he's gamefully engaged with a few musical theatre performances now and through the summer.
    - Michelle Kogan
  3. March 24, 2017 6:15 AM EDT
    Such an exciting threshold for him to cross. I hope he is elevated and enriched by his undertaking, a choice that shows his big heart, as his poem does.
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  4. March 24, 2017 6:46 AM EDT
    Alas, I love grilled cheese too! To be able to say your son has the head and the heart for helping folks in such need is a tremendous thing. I'm happy for you to have such love and pride for this young man, happy for him to make a difference and learn lots. He has my prayers for health, safety and strength.
    - Linda Mitchell
  5. March 24, 2017 7:38 AM EDT
    Hi, Jane! Doesn't surprise me to learn that you are involved that way - touching lives every day & being touched, too. Thanks for such a lovely comment!

    Michelle - thanks, and best wishes to YOUR boy! (I know, they're really grown-ups.) I hope his shows go great; mine comes with a guitar attached, so I'm pretty sure there will be music in his new adventure as well.

    Thank you, Brenda - will be a time of growth and challenge, but I hope, as you say, enrichment, too!

    Such kind words, Linda - thank you, and I'm sure Seth appreciates those prayers, as I do.

    - Robyn Black
  6. March 24, 2017 8:30 AM EDT
    What a fabulous poem to share at this exciting time in his life. And how wonderful to have set his course to make a difference, at such a young age. Thanks for sharing your birthday boy with us, Robyn.
    - KatApel
  7. March 24, 2017 8:42 AM EDT
    Congratulations to Seth on his graduation! Sounds like he will be challenged and rewarded with his new project. Wishing him well! His poem is charming.
    - Tabatha
  8. March 24, 2017 8:51 AM EDT
    Seth the Voyager! How wonderful, and aren't you the Proud Mama? I suspect you've made him a grilled cheese a time or two... many congratulations and Happy birthday to Seth! What a lovely time of life! xo
    - Irene Latham
  9. March 24, 2017 9:03 AM EDT
    Congratulations and happy birthday to your son! I hope he keeps that spirit of adventure through the next stages of his life. It shines through in his poem.
    - Kay McGriff
  10. March 24, 2017 9:21 AM EDT
    As Queen Latifah told Dolly Parton in "Joyful Noise" - "He didn't just lick it off the ground, he had you." It's not surprising that Seth is such a skilled and insightful poet and makes poetry fun. I couldn't help but be reminded of "Sir Mike". And his inquisitive and authentic spirituality comes from both his parents, and his sense of adventure...I think he and Morgan got that from a certain crazy uncle. :-) Happy Birthday Seth, we are all proud of you!
    - "Sir" Mike Hood
  11. March 24, 2017 10:32 AM EDT
    Congratulations to Seth and his proud mom and family! It's always a thrill to realize your children were actually listening!
    - Diane Mayr
  12. March 24, 2017 10:37 AM EDT
    Congrats to Seth and best wishes for the next phase of his life. His plans sound amazing, challenging, and so kind. He must have a beautiful, strong heart. Thanks for sharing his poem.
    - Penny Parker Klostermann
  13. March 24, 2017 11:36 AM EDT
    Hi, Kat! Thanks for sharing your bright words over here, too - :0)

    Tabatha, we almost crossed paths in Nashville, didn't we? Then Seth had to get back to his mountains. But the change turned out to be a perfect fit for him. Wishing your family much joy in these fledgling-launch years!

    Hi, Irene - oh, maybe one or two grilled cheese sandwiches. Let's see, in your house, three boys X grilled cheese sandwiches... I'm guessing that equals a lot!

    Thanks for coming by, Kay - such lovely wishes!

    Hello, Bro - must admit I had a flash of SIR MIKE when reading Seth's poem; not surprising, as the book was certainly inspired by his imaginative shenanigans when he was little! ;0) [& Can't go wrong with Queen Latifah or Dolly Parton.]

    Diane - ha! And then they go and do something that makes YOU listen more closely, don't they?!

    Thanks for visiting, Penny, and sending along all those warm, strong wishes. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  14. March 24, 2017 12:21 PM EDT
    Loved the poem!
    Just so you know, some words were used from the poem on your post to use in the new Scavenger Hunt today!
    - Donna Smith
  15. March 24, 2017 12:49 PM EDT
    What a rare treat! Congrats to Seth on his graduation and upcoming adventure. Enjoyed his poem -- he is a kindred spirit with that mention of grilled cheese. :)
    - jama
  16. March 24, 2017 12:56 PM EDT
    Donna - How fun! Your creativity is boundless. :0)

    Hi, Jama - thanks for all. And, his favorite is probably Provolone - some avacado on there perhaps? Though good ol' Cheddar or American was the ticket when he was little! ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  17. March 24, 2017 1:01 PM EDT
    Happy Birthday and Best wishes to Seth, sailing across his own sea this year! I just read a book about pirates, so this pleased me so much, and of course, it can touch many of our young ones venturing out. "The blue float drifts away
    But not my memory." is a thoughtful and sweet ending!
    - Linda Baie
  18. March 24, 2017 2:10 PM EDT
    Oh, Robyn, I love your celebration of your son Seth and poetry! I hear your joy. Know you are blessed. The wind "caught fabric" in my youngest son's sails when he was 19 and he "sails" around the world quite literally sharing the Gospel with children and children workers.
    - Alice Nine
  19. March 24, 2017 5:11 PM EDT
    Hi, Linda - personally, we're all waiting on the new Pirates movie around here! ;0) Arrrrrr....! Thanks for the warm words.

    Alice, wow - 19 is young to set off! He must be a special person indeed. Wishing him continued blessings & safe journeys.
    - Robyn Black
  20. March 24, 2017 5:52 PM EDT
    Oh, the sense of adventure and confidence in that last stanza.
    - Tara
  21. March 24, 2017 6:43 PM EDT
    The "real" boy does have both, too, Tara - thanks for popping in!
    - Robyn Black
  22. March 24, 2017 7:12 PM EDT
    Happy Birthday to Seth, and congratulations on his upcoming graduation. It's an exciting time when our kids "set out, map in hand." I know how proud you must be of your son's many accomplishments, Robyn!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  23. March 24, 2017 7:13 PM EDT
    It's exciting - and scary - to watch our kids take off, isn't it?
    - Ruth (
  24. March 24, 2017 7:20 PM EDT
    Congrats to Seth on his new adventures!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  25. March 24, 2017 9:22 PM EDT
    Hi, Catherine - thank you for all these kind words, and for hosting the Roundup today (& with such a great post)!

    Ruth - both sides of the same coin, they say, right? You nailed it with both emotions!

    Hi, Mary Lee - thanks for coming by and for wishing Seth well. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  26. March 24, 2017 10:01 PM EDT
    I love Seth's birthday 'gift' poem. Thanks for sharing it with us, Robyn. =)
    - Bridget Magee
  27. March 24, 2017 11:01 PM EDT
    Howdy, Bridget - glad you enjoyed. It's little different from the 30-something-page paper he's currently trying to finish up... ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  28. March 25, 2017 8:24 AM EDT
    Of course I don't know what assignment your generous & selfless Seth will have, but after reading his poem I hope some of his talents & every will be shared with children in the population he serves. Especially boys & young men. What a fantastic role model he is. Appreciations for this heartfelt post. And good luck, prayers, to Seth in his city adventure. Not to mention term paper charms for this semester! XX
    - Jan/Bookseedstudio
  29. March 25, 2017 9:34 AM EDT
    Thanks all around, Jan! He works with kids and teens now in a church internship during college, but I think he'll be with adults mostly next year... but I actually don't know! He will help care for companion animals for some of the folks, and that will be right up his alley, too. ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  30. March 25, 2017 11:06 AM EDT
    That is really neat! Congrats and happy birthday to your son.
    - Kiesha Shepard
  31. March 25, 2017 12:05 PM EDT
    Thanks for the kind wishes, Kiesha! I appreciate your dropping by.
    - Robyn Black
  32. March 26, 2017 9:03 AM EDT
    You know I love Seth's voyaging poem. I know you are proud of this youngest. I'm wishing him (and you) many more adventures.
    - Doraine Bennett
  33. March 26, 2017 2:57 PM EDT
    Doraine - all that adventurous exploring is right up your alley, my friend! Thanks for steering your ship over here to leave those lovely thoughts.
    - Robyn Black

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