Come Back To You

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I’ve been with you four decades and more

Often wondered what I do it for

Don’t know the answer, ‘tis pleasure and pain

But in my next life, I’ll do it again

To smell the sea and feel the sky

Watch lonely islands passing by

The sky at sunset changing hue

Maybe that’s why I come back to you

Again and again, I come back to you


Not sure what it is that draws me back

To live a life off the beaten track

The peace and quiet? The ozone rich air?

Far from the crowds? From anywhere?

The murmur of the waves at dawn?

The song of the wind as it hums along?

The dark depths of the ocean blue?

God knows why I come back to you

But year after year, I come back to you


Did spend some years working ashore

But couldn’t take it any more

My heart belonged to only you

To you I wanted to be true

Returned to sea and here I am

Braving the elements as best I can

Witnessed all your tantrums too!

But I love to come back to you

As always I come back to you


I miss you at home in the dust and heat

In the traffic snarls of city streets

I long for the discipline, clockwork routine

That shipboard life has always been

Even storms that make the seas explode

Seem magical when I am on the road

Like a moth to a candle flame I too

In the end come back to you

As always I come back to you

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Beetashok Chatterjee
Beetashok Chatterjee is a seaman by profession. This old sea dog is also a wannabe poet/writer, avid reader, music lover, movie buff, cricket enthusiast and a restless spirit.
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