Death of James Cook

Dennis N O'Brien By Dennis N O'Brien, 26th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Captain James Cook, the famous navigator, was killed by natives in Hawaii in 1779...

Death of Captain Cook (Poem)

There on the rocks where laps the rising tide,
A monument to one who sailed this way.
The one they called Orono, here he died,
His spirit resting by this fatal bay.

Far back in time two ships to here they sailed,
Discovery and Resolution named.
But on these shores their Captain’s luck it failed;
Lay dead - the man by all the world was famed.

Cruel luck, foul weather, and the foremast split;
Forced back to foe who recently was friend.
All sailors keen to soon these fair isles quit,
But first the Resolution’s mast must mend.

But then upon these rocks the cruel blow struck,
By those the Captain sought to treat so well.
With knife and spear and club they ran amok;
There in the shallow sea by rocks he fell.

Then all in mourning, all on sea and land,
As silence over all the people fell.
His bones they were, for there his severed hand!
Across the waves the Resolution’s bell -

It tolled and there at half staff ensigns flew,
As crew and natives sorrowfully did weep;
Shocked disbelief on faces of his crew,
As his remains committed to the deep.

And smoke it plumed from Resolution’s side,
As guns fired out to him a last salute.
No more to sail uncharted oceans wide;
No more determination resolute.

Much loved and missed - a genius at sea,
Now moldering beneath this tropic bay,
And Clerke and Bligh and King would all agree,
The world, a giant had lost here on that day.

Copyright © Dennis N. O'Brien , 2011


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author avatar Dennis N O'Brien
I live in Queensland, Australia. Having worked in a lot of different jobs in Australia and overseas, I now have the time to write some poetry and short stories.
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author avatar Denise O
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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