William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 12, September, 2011

Black Eyed Susan

Filed under: Poetry — williamthecoroner @ 16:02

There was a girl in a cold northern harbor
She came with me when I asked her to go.
Although I knew she was a captain’s lady
But he was so far away, and how was he to know?
So we traveled south through the warm gulf stream waters
And she stayed with me in the ports along the way.
And as the time went by, this lady she grew distant
But I grew closer to her every day.

I was in love with a black-eyed Susan.
Where is my heart? Where is my soul?
To be in love with a black-eyed Susan
Is to travel down to the harbor no more.

She cried aloud, it was early one morning.
He heard her voice though he was far away
But too many miles, too many lovers
Too many voices down in English Bay.

The next thing I knew, she was off and she was running
Down to the shore into the water far below.
That’s when I knew I was just another lover
Now I’m walking on this cold beach alone.

Alone and in love with a black-eyed Susan.
Where is my heart? Where is my soul?
To be in love with a black-eyed Susan
Is to travel down to the harbor no more.

Later that day where the Gold Coast was shining
His ship went down, and nobody reached the shore.
And in his log book, her captain, he’d written,
“There’s only one thing that I’m not sorry for.”

I was in love with a black-eyed Susan.
Where is my heart? Where is my soul?
To be in love with a black-eyed Susan
Is to travel down to the harbor no more

Doug McArthur

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2 Comments »

  1. Lovely. Brought back memories . . .

    Comment by John Gall — Thursday, 15, September, 2011 @ 15:19 | Reply

  2. As an Eng. Lit and grammar tyrant, I would define this as a song rather than a poem, BUT…

    If the late Stan Rogers (among others) put it to music and sang it, it would make me cry.

    Thanks.

    Comment by Paxillated — Wednesday, 21, September, 2011 @ 16:01 | Reply


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