sailed up the river
all the good could see,
Oh what a ship – was this wonderful ship,
finest that ever could be.
were white hard ivory,
all spun of gold,
of this ship, this wonderful ship,
wondrous stories told.
sailed from a port in heaven,
a port where good men live,
when you see this blessed ship,
Blessing it will give.
remember the story,
keep this thought in mind:
sail off to heaven’s shore,
ship you are sure to find.
Schooner Casco was Robert Louis
Stevenson’s ship with which he sailed to Upolu,
one of the Samoan islands. There, he bought a piece of land in the little village of Vailima where he established himself
with his family, and died at the early age of 44, from a cerebral haemorrhage.
On the photo, you see his tomb, under the trees, on Mont Vaea.
is the epigraph:
If you don’t remember, R.L. Stevenson is the one who wrote TREASURE ISLAND, which was so great a success.
His talent as a poet is not so much known.
Poet Andrea made the hike to the Stevenson grave.
One can only imagine the emotion he feel placing a wreath of flowers on the
resting place of his inspirational mentor: when he was a child he loved to hear
his tales of adventures and once grown up, he began to write poems, adopting
the style of the great writer and poet. He felt so overwhelmed at Stevenson’s
tomb that he “was inspired to write a poem to him” then and there:
High on a Hill
High on a hill
up near heaven
above a tropic sea
lies the dust of a man
who loved the Lord,
an angel now he be
chief and friend
of the people,
donor to mankind
When we go to Heaven
we will find.
In the Islands of Samoa, the
memory of Robert Louis Stevenson is
They use to refer to him as
TUSITALA (the teller of tales).
Andrea Lippi showing Stevenson’s portrait
ever think that is what I’d become.
these words would become words.
many would enjoy reading
writing them I’d find fun.
what I’ve become
(I have been a poet since 1999. Most people,
those who new me in High School,
Ron. I am still Ronnie to them.)
Feathers in the theatre
Feathers in the
when I went to clean.
what do you think it
Angels and Demons
was the movie playing.
Kind of gives you
did an angel drop them
It makes you think