Below the Waves


Submariners, a special breed

Sailing the depths of oceans blue

In the confines of sweating steel

A world bathed in fluorescent hue


The metal sings in creak and groan

As the depth and the pressure build

Warship patrols Poseidon’s home

Running quiet, these men so skilled


Whatever may befall this crew

They share the fate that lies below

There is no walking home from here

A tragic truth each one well knows


Like a dark hole in the water

They ply their deadly hunting trade

In the ghostly realm far below

Many sacrifices are made


And when in port for needed rest

They will appear a motley crew

For when you ride a nuke all day

You need to blow off steam it’s true


But you will not find one braver

Than these denizens of the sea

The bubbleheads do rule the deep

Unseen heroes in our Navy


21 Responses to “Below the Waves”
  1. beth says:

    A wonderful ode to these brave souls. There is no way I could even visit one for a short time

  2. Jim Borden says:

    they are a special breed; one of my former students was a captain of a nuke, stationed in Hawaii…

  3. DC Gilbert says:

    Reblogged this on Author DC Gilbert and commented:
    All you Navy veterans oot there, check out this cool poem by Brad over at Commonsensiblyspeaking. Even an old grunt like me can appreciate this!

  4. GP Cox says:

    Outstanding. DC Gilbert directed me here.
    Perhaps you would be interested in this blog publishing poetry. I’m not a poet myself, but this might get more readers for this one.

  5. jomz says:

    I can almost hear the silence beneath the waves, the occasional ping of the sonar and the footsteps of people against steel. Well written!

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Without a doubt the bravest. I cannot express the amount of respect I’ve for those submariners of the navies of the world. You have written a beautiful and most worthy ode to those who patrol beneath the waves so that we may sleep tranquil in our beds. Wonderful and great work my friend!

  7. It’s a great ode to the navy and soldiers of deep. While I know life for a solider on land, air or sea is never easy, I can’t deny the feeling it’s also adventurous, the possibility of witnessing ocean life and the unknown. And I got that feeling too ready this poem. Great work Brad 👌

    • Brad Osborne says:

      For many, our time in the service is one of the greatest adventures of our lives. IT certainly leaves some of the most profound memories. Thanks for your kind words! Take care, my friend!

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