Peter Kagan and the Wind

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Peter Kagan and the Wind

Post  pinhedz on Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:20 am

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Fri May 02, 2008 3:54 pm

I've always had a weakness for this guy:



"It is said that the seals have the ability to take on human form. The seal people, though they like to live near the sea, dare not ever go back into it, or else they immediately revert to their original form and lose the ability ever to take on human form again."

Peter Kagan and the Wind

Peter Kagan was a lonely man in the summer of his years. One day he got tired of being lonely, and he went away, off to the east. And when he came again he had a wife. She was strange, but she was kind and people liked her. She was good for Kagan. She kept him company and winter come to summer they were happy.

Kagan had a dory then, with a lugsail on her mast. He used to go offshore three, maybe four, days at a time setting out for the fish. Oh his wife was sad then. She didn't like to see him go. She'd go down to the sea sometimes and call to him:

Kagan, Kagan, Kagan,
Bring the dory home.
Wind and sea do follow thee,
And all the ledges calling thee.

He said he could hear her calling twenty miles to sea, and when he heard he, he would come home, whether he had fish or none.

She was a seal, of course, everybody knew it. Even Kagan. He knew that, but no one said anything to him.

Then, one day, in that year's autumn , Kagan said "I've got to go now. Go offshore and get some fish.'' But his wife said "No! Please don't go!'' She started crying. "The winds are coming and the snows are coming.''

Kagan, Kagan, Kagan,
Don't go out to sea,
Stormy winds and snows do come,
And, oh, but I do fear for thee.

But Kagan wasn't afraid of snow, and it was early in the year. So Kagan put in his oars and went out to sea. Kagan sailed in the middle ground. The Wind was west all day and the fish were coming to him. Kagan read the writing on the water and in the sky. He saw haze very high up above the clouds and said "That's all right for autumn -- only a change of wind. I'm not afraid of wind.''

But Kagan read it wrong, this time. The Wind went away, and then it came back, Southeast. And the fog came round.

Kagan said, "I've got to go now. I'll find that gong buoy off the sunken ledges and then I'll know the best way home.'' So Kagan put up a sail and bore away to the Nor'ard for the gong.

But, oh, the Wind was watching.

The Wind backed around to the East'ard and came breezing on, against him. He sailed for a long time. The sail was pulling very hard. Finally the Wind was so strong that the sail tore out, so Kagan took it down and the dory went drifting.

He thought he could hear that gong buoy. It wasn't very far away.

Kagan, Kagan, Kagan,
Bring the dory home.
Wind and sea do follow thee,
And all the ledges calling thee.

But the dory went drifting, and by and by the gong buoy went away. Kagan said, "All right then.'' He put in his oars and started to row back up for the gong.

But, oh, the Wind was watching. The Wind back around Northeast, making the seas confused. The Wind said, "Listen! I have something to tell you.''

Kagan, rowing, "I don't want to hear it.''

The Wind humps up then, making the sea short, making it hard for Kagan to row. Finally the seas are so steep that Kagan knows he isn't getting anywhere. So Kagan takes in the oars and again the dory goes drifting...

Kagan said, "All right then. Now I've got something to show you.'' He took a slip of wood for a needle and waxed up a hand line for a thread and he sewed the sail up smaller -- sewed a reef in it.

The Wind said, "What're you doing?''

Kagan said, "You keeping watching.''

So Kagan put up a sail and again he bore away to to the Nor'ard for the gong.

But, oh, the Wind was watching.

The Wind backed around North-Nor'east. Kagan can't hold his course now. Kagan said, "All right then.'' He brought the boat about. Now he's steering East'ard.

"You're heading out to sea.''

"I'm not afraid of water. I'll bring this boat about when I can fetch that gong buoy.''

"I'll veer on you; I'll go East.''

"You do that and I can hold my course.''

"I'll back on you.''

"You back too far and you've got a clear. You know that. I can keep ahead of you.''

"You may be smarter but I'm stronger.'' The Wind grew bigger then and the Wind blew harder. Finally the wind was so strong that the Sail said, "I can't make it, Kagan!'' And Kagan said, "I know that. Thank you.''

So Kagan took down the sail, and the dory went drifting.

Kagan took the sail off the yard and put it about him. "Sail, keep me warm!''

"The sail can't keep you warm.''

The Wind snatched off North by East. "I'll freeze you.''

"I'm not afraid of cold!''

But Kagan was afraid. He didn't know what to do. And oh, the Wind is working now. The Wind brings ice and snow. The Wind blows long and long and black.

Kagan says, "I'm dying. Sail, keep me warm!" and the sail said, "I can't do it Kagan."

Kagan dying, and the wind blowing.

Kagan, Kagan, Kagan,
Turn ye now to me.
Turn your back unto the Wind
And all the weary windy sea.

Kagan, Kagan, Kagan,
Lay ye down to sleep.
For I do come to comfort thee
All and thy dear body keep.

So Kagan lay on the bottom of the boat, and he tried not to be afraid of the dying, and he dreamed of her then, his wife. He dreamed she was coming to him, and he heard a long calling down the wind and he raised himself up, and he saw her. Down the smoking, storming sea she came. Over the rail of the dory she came, laughing to his arms.

And all in the night and in the storm they did lay, and the Wind went away, and the storm went away, and in the morning they found him...

...asleep, with a sail wrapped around him. And there was a seal, lying there with him, curled over him like a blanket, and the snow was upon the seal's back.

Kagan, Kagan, Kagan,
Bring the dory home.
Wind and sea do follow thee,
And all the ledges calling thee.


Primitivo

Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy do a brilliant version of this song on a live album of theirs, sorry I can't remember the title. Worth checking out if you can find it.

pinhedz

The answer (the one that got deleted), was something about the voices, the low notes in particular. I like Makem and Clancy alot, but they don't have those barreltones.


John McLaughlin

"barreltones" - I like it. Might steal it - look out.


pinhedz

I stole it from Molly Bloom.


pinhedz

Some skeptics refuse to believe in the sealmaids; they try to say that they're just run-of-the-mill mermaids that overimaginative romantics are mistaking for sealmaids.

I have to admit that sometimes it's hard to tell.


InvertedSuperNova
'
The Merman by Lord Alfred Tennyson

I

Who would be
A merman bold,
Sitting alone
Singing alone
Under the sea,
With a crown of gold,
On a throne?

II

I would be a merman bold,
I would sit and sing the whole of the day;
I would fill the sea-halls with a voice of power;
But at night I would roam abroad and play
With the mermaids in and out of the rocks,
Dressing their hair with the white sea-flower;
And holding them back by their flowing locks
I would kiss them often under the sea,
And kiss them again till they kiss'd me
Laughingly, laughingly;
And then we would wander away, away,
To the pale-green sea-groves straight and high,
Chasing each other merrily.

III

There would be neither moon nor star;
But the wave would make music above us afar --
Low thunder and light in the magic night --
Neither moon nor star.
We would call aloud in the dreamy dells,
Call to each other and whoop and cry
All night, merrily, merrily.
They would pelt me with starry spangles and shells,
Laughing and clapping their hands between,
All night, merrily, merrily,
But I would throw to them back in mine
Turkis and agate and almondine;
Then leaping out upon them unseen
I would kiss them often under the sea,
And kiss them again till they kiss'd me
Laughingly, laughingly.
O, what a happy life where mine
Under the hollow-hung ocean green!
Soft are the moss-beds under the sea;
We would live merrily, merrily.


John McLaughlin

pinhedz wrote:I stole it from Molly Bloom.
And lived? Wow - I'm impressed.


pinhedz
John McLaughlin wrote:
pinhedz wrote:I stole it from Molly Bloom.
And lived? Wow - I'm impressed.
She hasn't caught up with me yet. But she said: "I will yes I will yes yes YES."

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Re: Peter Kagan and the Wind

Post  pinhedz on Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:56 am

Johnny Mac knew a thing or two about poetry and Rabbie Burns and stuff; I'll have to check and see if he's still on the radio.

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