. Those Who Go Down to the Sea in Ships a poetic paraphrase of Psalm 107:23-30 The men who go down to the sea in their ships, Who sail on the water and pursue their trade, The sound of the sea echoes back from their lips; Their eyes see the wonders of what God has made. Then God gives the word and the winds start to blow, Releasing the waves to rise up and be free. They mount to the heavens above all below And fall to the depths of the fathomless sea. The sailors’ hearts melt as the tempest bears down, They reel to and fro, as if drunk on new wine And helplessly cling to the mast lest they drown While crying out to God to be spared from the brine. The Lord hears their plea, as their cries fill the air, By grace stills the storm and becalms every wave. And then they are glad, for the Lord heard their prayer And guides them to harbor, and spares them the grave. . . James A. Tweedie is a retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He has written and published six novels, one collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry including Mostly Sonnets, all with Dunecrest Press. His poems have been published nationally and internationally in The Lyric, Poetry Salzburg (Austria) Review, California Quarterly, Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online, Better than Starbucks, WestWard Quarterly, Society of Classical Poets, and The Chained Muse.