The Captain's Daughter

Little girl in a straw hat

We were crowded in the cabin,
Not a soul would dare to sleep,―
It was midnight on the waters,
And a storm was on the deep.

'Tis a fearful thing in winter
To be shattered by the blast,
And to hear the rattling trumpet
Thunder, "Cut away the mast!"

So we shuddered there in silence,―
For the stoutest held his breath,
While the hungry sea was roaring
And the breakers talked with Death.

As thus we sat in darkness,
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted
As he staggered down the stairs.

But his little daughter whispered,
As she took his icy hand,
"Isn't God upon the ocean,
Just the same as on the land?"

Then we kissed the little maiden.
And we spoke in better cheer,
And we anchored safe in harbour
When the morn was shining clear.


We can't control everything in our life. But we can trust the higher powers and move on.

When you are fighting with daily troubles, don't lose your heart, but be sure in your aim and luck. To reach some goals you must make certain efforts.

© Katia Marynowska

* Poem by James Thomas Fields (1816-1881).

# Painting "Child in a Straw Hat" by Mary Cassatt, circa 1886.

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