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There's something I saw in the mountain mist,
That too I perceived in the thundering wave,
But then when I felt it, when we first kissed,
I knew it was something I had to save.
Nature's noble rapture, changing seasons,
Beauty owns the blossoms and falling leaves,
But man walks alone in owning reasons,
Reflected in all is what he believes.
I passed it last night, riding the warm wind,
I was out late, rebelling against time,
Against the wind I had set out to find,
Words to anchor eternity in rhyme.
O' Captain my Captain, hark, it's in me,
This thundering soul, creating to be free.
--Becket Knottingham
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From: Captain West
To: Becket Knottingham
Subject: Re: www.killdevilhill.com Seafaring Poem of The Week
There is a poem that scrolls at the bottom of the killdevilhill page that is absolutely beautiful. Is it from Drake's book of sonnets or somewhere else? Please help me in this matter. Thank you ever so kindly. Salty Doggy Dog
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On a bright blue, blustery February day, I'm standing on top of Kill Devil Hill, looking out over towards Cape Point, Hatteras, witnessing from afar the eternal battle being performed by two opposing oceans. Just off Cape Point the northbound Gulf Stream and the cold currents hailing from the Arctic meet head on, sending white spray over one-hundred feet into the air. Over the years these conflicting currents have been depositing sand off Hatteras, and the resulting diamond-shaped sand bar has come to be known as the Diamond Shoals, it's fang-like shifting sand bars pushing seaward to snare the unwary mariner. While the shoals are the largest and most formidable hazard, the entire Carolina coast is marked by such eternally shifting, submerged features, and thus long ago sailors were inspired to call it, "The Graveyard of the Atlantic." And as I look out over the clashing currents, which are indiscernible but for the mist they throw one-hundred feet into the air, I am reminded of how it are those invisible inner conflicts between the polar opposites of our souls from which the visible art departs, aspiring towards the heavens. Art is the eternal piece of us striving to be free, and thus all generations seek a renaissance, so as to join Edmund Burke's community of eternal souls.

I found out about Cape Point from a book my girlfriend gave me for Christmas entitled, THE GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC. The book narrates the stories of the numerous shipwrecks off the Carolina coast. She'd also given me a poetry anthology, which is a cool one, because it's small and there aren't any of those tedious introductions to the poems-- there're only the poet's words. In it I finally found that one Robert Frost poem about making your avocation your vocation, and that's exactly what the WWW's allowing us to do-- to make our passion our profession... CONTINUED

THE MOST PERFECT SILENCE
I know where the most perfect silence is,
Seen it in the wild blue off Hatteras,
A mile out, rainbowed sails in silent bliss,
Looked like they'd collide, but they safely passed.
I know when the most perfect silence is,
Down a dusty Ohio road, high noon,
No shirt on, being burned by the sun's kiss,
Sixteen, takin' my time-- it was still June.
I know what the most perfect silence is,
It's what we say when falling out of love,
It roars and thunders right through the kiss,
Says all that no words can ever speak of.
I know why the most perfect silence is,
It is there for the whisper to be born,
The whisper in her ear became the kiss,
Just a dream in DC early one morn.
I know who the perfect silence is for,
It is for the ones whom we love the best,
It is there to protect them from our core,
By the silent trust we all seek to rest.
And I know how rare that silence can be,
With everyone talkin', it's hard to hear,
But I know I felt it, on the streets of DC,
The sound in her eyes-- it was crystal clear.
And it brought back to mind the rainbowed sails,
And the way it looked like they would collide,
Like two souls set upon fate's iron rails,
But the most perfect silence never died.
--Drake Raft
GATHERING WOOD
Gathering wood as a cold dusk descends,
A crisp October 'neath a powdered sky,
Carolina mountains, so the day ends,
Beside a fire you pause to wonder why.
Staring together at glowing embers,
Then both looking up at the milky way,
You look at her and hope she remembers,
After the embers have faded away.
For you know there'll be nights colder than this,
And shadows that thought cannot apprehend,
When the only thing you can do is miss,
Wondering why beside your campfire friend.
For hard work is part of all that is good,
And I look forward to gathering wood.
--Becket Knottingham

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