Posted on January 19, 2022 by Mister Mac Submariner I sometimes don’t know where I’m going, but Oh, all the places I’ve been. Wrapped up in a hull made of steel, with a crew of fine sailors locked in. The missions are lonely and silent, the dangers untold with no yield, But we still climb down the steel ladders, the hatches above us are sealed…. The sunlight’s a far distant memory, fresh air just a dream from the past The world outside comes in short little bursts, from a buoy or a wire or a mast. Between drilling and watches and work, there’s no place to be secluded Surrounded by lights and companions, and pressure is always included. In submarine school they taught you the stories, of boats that exceeded design, And others that found ancient mountains, nearly ending before it was time. Fires and flooding and things that exploded, in a hull that is closed on both ends, Add to pressure from not really seeing, what’s ahead or around the next bend. You can hide from the storms in deep places, using thermals and currents as masks. But if mission requires more exposure, the crew does what the Skipper asks. Sliding silently through the dark ocean, sometimes you forget where you are, Until you remember there’s no moon, or even a glimmering star. They all wait above you in silence, for the boat to once more breach the waves In a rush of wild water and motion, escaping a watery grave. Unless you’re an old submariner, it’s hard to know what this means As age dims my mind and my body, I’m back riding old submarines. I sometimes forget what I’m thinking, but Oh, all the places I’ve been. Bob MacPherson (AKA theleansubmariner) Share this:EmailPrintLinkedInPinterestMoreFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
4 thoughts on “The Old Submariner”
A long time ago, but I can remember and relate to the story, Dan Schlosser STS3 SSBN 598B (6 patrols) and SSBN 645B (2 patrols) 1967-1971
Well written prose. God Bless all of our shipmates out there in the Deep Ocean Blue protecting this nation we call home. A very cool reminder.
Looking for any reunions for the AFDB-7 62-64
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