New Bedford days

O'er a highland crag
I chanced to glance
While watching dolphins play

Beyond the mist
My gaze did drift
To a sky, so set ablaze

A sailing ship,
With full masts high
On whose mainsail waltzed the sun

While at her bow,The silverfish flew
At her stern
The dolpins did run

And was I but a lad of ten
Still could I her her call
And I left my home, on Bedford's Town
To the tide my young heart did fall

And with the waves went the years
Never New England I saw again
A wayfaring soul, was Neptune's toll
For o'er two score and ten

Now sometimes back
Through the years I journey
To cobbled streets
And new fish frying

To a wide eyed lad
On a highland crag
Watching gulls soar
And silverfish fying

But be they distant memories
I recall
Where the dolphins played

And on dreams gentle shores
The gulls glide once more
And, I return to New Bedford days.

© Joseph Richman

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