A Poem To Salute St. Brendan the Navigator.

Ships, Real and Imaginary

It’s a piece of rock with a wonderful beginning.

A cause for marvelling in a right of its own.

Formed deep in the magma of earth.

Mainly composed of quartz, the colour of light

And feldspar carrying the pink of roses.

In its journey to earth’s crust,

The process of crystallization made it unique.

It came my way while walking a country lane.

Its outline gave me visions of sailing ships.


Ah! The tales and magic of storied vessels recalled!

I honour the memory of Brendan the Navigator

Reputed to have sailed the Atlantic in a frail leather boat

With sails so square and form so fragile.

Columbus whose voyage honoured his Queen,

Many years later he prayed through gales

To save his ships for continents new.


Many barques less honourable stories claim,

Carrying human cargo, to war, to slavery and death.

 Justly proving that evil can rub shoulders with good.

Illustrating the choices made by bad men, faithful ones too.

All pictures inspired by a stone from a country lane.       

Anna Kelly,

March 12th, 2016                                              

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Tags: Explorers, Faith, Literature, Poetry, Seafaring

Comment by James J. O'Malley on March 7, 2017 at 1:06pm

St. Brendan has for many years been my personal life mentor and navigator. His advise and counsel has always been helpful, practical and quite chessful regarding complex matters!

Comment by Anna Kelly on March 8, 2017 at 10:30am


It never ceases to amaze me the faith and trust in God that this saint displayed. Imagine heading on to the Atlantic in such a small frail leather boat and not even knowing where you were going, only that God was leading and protecting you. Glad you liked my poem.

Anna Kelly.

Comment by Linda Selleck Turner on March 15, 2017 at 9:22am

  When we are lost on the sea of life it seems that those who put their faith in a small craft and God beckon across the ages saying,"Come,join us. Put your faith to the front and set out."

Comment by Anna Kelly on March 15, 2017 at 11:04am


I agree. Thanks for you comments. Did you ever hear the prayer. "God, Please help me, the sea is so big and my boat is so small." Push out in faith.



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