Friday, August 05, 2005

The "latest hazard has sprung" again

Our guarded hope and kindred sympathies extend to Russia's brave seamen. May they breathe fresh air soon. Caruso's poetry is a gentle reminder of the submariner's winning attitude:

Extreme Creatures

Who suffer no attrition upon news their kind are sunk,
Who endure sunless weeks on end in want of their own bunk.

Disturbed from precious sleep by those dreaded, alarming sounds,
When the latest hazard has sprung out of its nearby bounds.

Sacrifices are certain for these devoted volunteers,
Qualifications demanded by a jury of their peers.

In clear illustration of ā€œ24-7ā€™sā€ meaning,
There is no phoning home during silent submarining.

- Juan Caruso D. (1923 - 1992)


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