Oh Captain, My Captain!

20170924_2123071437516297.jpgYou remember him, don’t you? The man who faced his challenges squarely? The one who sat in the temple of knowledge day after day, studying relentlessly, the one you worshipped? What was it that you worshipped in him? His strength, his perseverance, discipline and sensitivity. How he had permeated your senses and your soul and all you wanted was to equal his stature. You remember, don’t you? Even as you feel dejected, helpless and overwhelmed, I want you to remember his battle and how he won it. A warrior. And he admired your spirit and strength. Don’t let this moment bury you. It’s a sacrilege against all that you have fought to achieve. You will recognize that will, recognize the eyes and mould of that strength and perseverance again. Oh Captain, my captain

O Captain! my Captain!

our fearful trip is done,

The ship has weathered every rack,

the prize we sought is won,

The port is near, the bells I hear

, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel,

the vessel grim and daring;

 

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

Where on the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain!

rise up and hear the bells;

Rise up–for you the flag is flung–for you the bugle trills

,For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths–for you the shores a-crowding,

For you they call, the swaying mass,

their eager faces turning;

Here Captain! dear father!

This arm beneath your head!

It is some dream that on the deck

You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My captain does not answer,

his lips are pale and still,

My father does not feel my arm,

he has no pulse nor will,

The ship is anchored safe and sound,

its voyage closed and done,

From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;

Exult, O shores, and ring O bells!

But I, with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

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