Port of Call


Sailors seen as a lustful sort

Beautiful girl in every port

On ocean blue you quickly learn

Not every ship promised return


So, we make hay while the sun shines

Spend land-locked nights in love’s entwine

We seek love where and when we can

Bane of life to seafaring man


Brave men so tan, so strong and true

Muscular frames wrapped in navy blue

Eyes that have seen a larger world

Can turn the head of local girls


The island inks that paint our arms

Our quiet strength and worldly charms

For all our raucous, rowdy noise

The innocent maids love bad boys


For them, we are a chance to see

Beyond their small life by the sea

To live life more adventurous

Adrenaline so dangerous


Thus, we dally in our leisure

Partaking of all their pleasures

For both, the unspoken and known

The sea will come to call him home


Beautiful girl in every port

Sailors seen as a lustful sort

But if the truth is to be told

A few each seaside port would hold


For these ladies, you need not cry

A passing ship will soon seek dry

Another worldly, salt-cured crew

Returns lustful from ocean blue


24 Responses to “Port of Call”
  1. Shashi says:

    “Salt cured crew” wow that is perfect and beautiful.
    Good one

  2. beth says:

    The sea brings them together and takes them apart

  3. There rings a truth in these words, and gives us land-lovers a chance to see how living on and for the sea is different.

  4. Even though I sailed with the “puddle navy“ ad the Navy lads called us (USCG), still loved the water, and we ruled the whole Caribbean!

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    I love this so much. I have met a sailor or two in Wilmington. They danced with me, walked on the beach and were grateful and happy to hold my hand and to have someone to talk too, as was I. Generally lovely gentlemen.

    This is a sweet poem Brad. 🤗❤️love Jonikins

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Then you well understand the allure and charm associated with a man in uniform. Generally lovely, but not always gentlemen. Thank you Jonikins!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Well of course I know what you mean. A man had to have my heart fully to get more than conversation and a night of tender kisses. I never met a sailor or a man in the army who wasn’t a gentleman, not to me anyway. Sending big hugs Brad. 🤗🤗🤗hug’s Jonikins

  6. Jim Borden says:

    those Navy guys have quite the life!

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    It’s interesting why people are attracted to the edgy and elusive. Maybe it’s the romantic notion of living a life on the move.

  8. kristianw84 says:

    Oh, how I love a man in uniform. I have also fallen victim to “muscular frames wrapped in navy blue.” It’s hard to resist a handsome man who has been away from home so long. Especially if he’s a sweet talker. 😉❤

    • Brad Osborne says:

      They are all sweet talkers when they get ashore. Although, I would like to think that I was exceptionally gifted. I hope so, because God knows I can’t fit in the uniform anymore…..😁

      • kristianw84 says:

        You are exceptionally gifted. There’s no denying you have a way with words, and have made me swoon many times. The outfit is just the cherry on top.

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