I remember cruising upriver onboard the Zephyr. I used to hang out after watch with Captain Vic in the wheelhouse. He taught me how to steer the towboat and barges up the river. Captain Vic used to recite poetry as I'd steer up the mighty Mississippi River at dusk. I had never really been into literature, but Captain changed this. Vic was born and raised in the Cayman Islands. I just cannot forget his deep Caribbean accent as he read from a old green and yellow hardback book.
He knew one particular poem by heart that he had learned as a young boy growing up on the islands. Years later I obtained Captain Vic's wife's email address. I contacted them and asked about that particular poem he would recite. In a reply back, they sent the poem and here it is.
by William Wordsworth (04-07-1770 to 04-23-1850)
I wandered lonely as a cloud
Continuous as the stars that shine
The waves beside them danced; but they
For oft, when on my couch I lie
Captain Vic Bodden of the mighty Zephyr