The Albatross Seabird: A Sailor’s Charm or a Human’s Burden?

Updated on September 29, 2017
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The Albatross Seabird: A Sailor's Charm, or a Human's Burden?

The seabird, the Albatross, travels improbable distances in short spans of time.

Their large wings are a majestic span of up to 12 feet which facilitates the long-distance trips they perform. They glide, catching the wind up drafts above the ocean’s waves for more lift, and thereby, conserving energy along the way.

The Albatross seabird is often seen hanging around ships or boats that leave a trail of fish waste products.

The Albatross is surrounded by superstition rather than myth or folklore. This superstitious connection is about both being a symbol of good luck and bad luck. The good luck and bad luck association comes essentially from the poem, the Ancient Marnier, written by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The Albatross in this tale, is about misdeed, misadventure and misfortune.

Here are my thoughts about this graceful seabird. I hope you enjoy this poem.

The seabird-the Albatross
The seabird-the Albatross | Source

My seabird poem for you....

Magnanimous spread of white,

circling the southern seas plight,

avoiding the shark’s eatery,

becoming the sailor’s charm of mystery.

A wondering soul and heart,

she knows and understands in part,

the preening of the long-distance comet,

by having overcome the heart’s promise.


Step up the gentle flirting and teasing,

to follow the dance steps of courtship pleasing,

so, one can revive,

a waning love’s ship swan dive.

The speak of the eternal winds,

catching and moving the ocean tide’s mind.

Teaching monogamy and loyalty,

with the ebb and flow of independence buoyancy.

The presence of Bad Luck
The presence of Bad Luck | Source

Laughter and light conversations,

soothes and relaxes limitations.

Opening up the heart,

to unlock life doors, called Descartes.

She knows the fretting battles,

of the Artic and Siberia hassles.

Her quest is to overcome,

conservatism, dogmatism and falsities drummed.

Hand of Fatima
Hand of Fatima | Source

She has been given the role,

of carrying a stigma scroll,

which can’t be easily thrown off,

her source is Fatima’s hand of love.

I have seen an albatross in flight?

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      Threekeys 2 months ago from Australia

      Thankyou, Gypsy Rose. Yes this seabird has a magnifientt wing span.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A wonderful tribute to the albatross. Could just visualize it in flight.

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      Threekeys 2 months ago from Australia

      A generous and gracious comment, eric. Thankyou and all the best to you and your loved ones.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is a really cool "tribute" to a most wonderful creature. We just love them as we visit our beaches, especially ones with cliffs. I think this is one of your best - which is danged hard to beat your others.