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    Ok I have done searches on this, I heard a poem read on a radio show several years ago (I think it was Paul Harvey, hush, it was the only station I could get as I was in a rural area). It was about an old man that came to read to a sick boy (or maybe the other way around) and the main line that comes back is about "ships of glass". I remember it sent chills down my spine and I wanted to read the whole thing. But try as I might I can't find it. I've tried Longfellow and Whitman, I remember trying mightily to commit the poet's name to memory but obviously it didn't work. Anyone recognize this?

    oops, ya I did put that in the wrong spot. Thank you.
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    I'm pretty sure this is it..

    The Cruise Of The Spun-Glass Ship

    The Man-Next-Door came into the room

    where The-Boy-in-the Wheel-Chair sat.

    He grinned at the boy

    and the boy grinned back

    as they started their hour's chat.

    "Which hand will You have?"

    said the Man-Next-Door,

    "The left hand or the right,

    For one is empty and one is full?"

    The boy laughed with delight.

    His small, thin face grew rosy bright

    as he pondered the problem well,

    The right or the left, the empty or full?

    Only his choice could tell.

    "I'll take them both," he laughed at last

    and his voice was a joyous skip;

    The Man-Next-Door held out his hand

    and gave him...a spun-glass ship.

    A spun-glass ship as frail as smoke but,

    oh, so gallant and trim

    With ropes and spars all set to sail

    to the edge of the sky's far rim.

    "Now, where shall we go?" said the Man-Next-Door

    as he spread a world-wide map,

    "To Borneo or the Lands of Snow

    or the tiny Isle of Yap?

    For You are the Captain; I'm the Crew,

    and we sail wherever You say,

    To the Arctic Seas or the Caribbees

    or to distant Buzzard's Bay."

    "Oh wait ! I know where I want to go,"

    the Boy-in-the-Wheel-Chair said,

    "To Christmas Isle for a little while.

    It's in a book I read."

    So they rode away on the spun-glass ship

    with dreams for wind in the sails,

    While the one man crew told the Captain Bold

    many exciting tales

    Until it seemed that they more than dreamed

    under the magic spell

    Of the land where it's Christmas all year long...

    and Fourth of July as well.

    They sailed to Hither, and Thither, and Yon,

    to the North and the South and the West,

    But of all the world it was Christmas Isle

    that the Captain loved the best.

    And the boy forgot the dull wheel-chair

    and the ever present pain

    As they made the trip in the spun-glass ship

    in storm and sun and rain.

    But the kindly eyes of the Man-Next-Door

    were filled with anxious fears

    And his cheery grin was a mask to hide

    the ache of unshed tears

    For he saw too well how the Captain Bold

    grew wearier every day

    And how his laugh was a wistful smile

    as their dream-ship sailed away.

    He came one day to the quiet room

    and called his "Ship Ahoy!"

    But his voice was hushed as his quick glance fell

    on the face of the wheel-chair boy.

    For the small thin face was white and still...

    but clutched in the frail hand's grip

    With it's sails all set for another cruise

    was the gallant spun-glass ship.

    "Bon voyage," said the Man-Next-Door,

    "You've sailed without your Crew.

    Oh, Captain, may the winds be kind

    and the skies be ever blue.

    May the final trip of the spun-glass ship

    ride swift with the ocean's swell

    To the land where it's Christmas all year long...

    and Fourth of July, as well."



    Don Blanding written in 1937


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    I'll say it again, you are full of awesome!

    It was as good as I had remembered, always regretted not remembering enough of it to find it again.
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    No problem; it actually is a very touching poem. Glad I could help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corsair View Post
    (I think it was Paul Harvey, hush, it was the only station I could get as I was in a rural area). .
    Paul Harvey is the greatest. i have listened to him since i was a child. i'm 51 so he must be pushing 90ish
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    Very Nice! And I'm impressed SJ!

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