The Endurance

Crescent Shield

Brave men wanted 
For hazardous journey 
Low pay, bitter cold 
Moths of complete darkness 
Constant danger 
Safe return doubtful 
Great recognition in case 
Of success 

Ernest Shackleton 
The south facing madman 
Will try for a third time 
To walk at then end of the world! 

Five thousand responded for 
A crew of thirty on a 
Brave sailing ship 
Along for the journey were sixty-seven 
Of Canada's finest four legged ice runners 
To speed... the men 
And their dreams 
Across... and alive! 

From the years I have learned 
Twice before I returned 
Under stocked and overwhelmed 
Lost what I sought 

More seasoned and well prepared 
The continent again I dare 
To reach the pole again I drive 
Let it be the end 
This time alive! 

We sail with pride 
Our keel will slice the ocean's heart with anger once more 
Feel the wind at our backs, and our faces... 

Already charred with frozen black! 

We meet once again 
My old foe South Atlantic 
Spawn of jigsaw ice all around 
The cracks closing in 
Till there's no more 

Imprisoned in this icy hell! 

Here so close 
To the land of last and barely found 
For the winter we will batten down 
Never given... 
Honor to stab the sole of the world! 

Free the ship with ax and pick 
Loot the ship with quick and wit 
Abandon ship... abandon ship! 

What the ice shall take 
The ice shall keep! 

"She is gone... none more to say" 

Ice gleaming sunshine 
Five feet to the deepest blue 

We run to save our lives 
The albatross and emperors 
Have sung our due dirge 
Warmth will keep our souls alive 
We move with haste through 
Jaws of cracked bergs 
We haul small boats that carry life 
We only have necessities as 
Bare as our skin 
Vile, the hide of ocean's dead 
Flesh of the dogs 
A pleasure filled sweet meal! 

No dreams in brief sleep 
In the midnight light 
So terrified! 
Hungry ice swallows me 

Cold sheets argue louder now 
They find we're so terrified 
Follow no horizons seen 

We row to where we do not know 
Deception Isle, too many miles 
On cracked numb black fists 
Cold, a word no longer known 
Far beyond the freezing snow drifts 
Eat, we see in only dream 
A cannibal's insanity 
I see in thine eyes 
Drink in the salt and misty rain 
Still pushing north 
To the Elephant's domain 

There on the crashing walls 
Of black jagged teeth 
So unbelieved 
Last land 
We could ever see! 
We will try to endure 
(South Georgia our final try) 
Will we ever meet again? 
Where will we meet again? 

Two years of death yet all survived 
Endurance had to be the key 

On painted waters we awake to find 
A day of wonders so divine 
The Yelco awaits on the silent sea 
Is thee, the angel of death that we see 
This isle of life, now left behind 
We leave nothing but our own demise 

My loyal comrades never left my side 
(Honest bravery) 
In the black icy sea, the secrets and memories 
She will always keep 
(On land, on ice or on the stormy sea) 

The endurance we have left behind 
Endurance we will always find