Ringing in the New Year with a Rhyme 2015

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. Below is a poem from Seaman Mark Logan aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, a 378-foot cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska.

Happy New Years from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro!

Happy New Years from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro!

Munro New Years Log
Written by Seaman Mark Logan, Coast Guard Cutter Munro.

Nestled in Kodiak,
beneath a celestial Zodiak,
Rests the cutter Munro,
her doubled mooring lines running to and fro.
Quietly she slumbers at the pier,
but not alone the Haley and the SPAR are here.
Controlled by COMPACAREA in far away Alameda
Munro sits with their OPCON, and FPCON Alpha
and we must not forget the ADCON .
Electricity, water, sewage,
and phone lines are affixed
Aircraft warning, blinker, and deck lights are burning brightly,
they won’t soon be missed.
Her small boats are currently away
tucked safely in the NESU
but there they shall not stay,
for soon we shall be underway
but for now she slumbers through it all.
Yoke is set, on the hour security does call.
Ens. Hasbrook sits easy in his chair,
Knowing that his section sees to her with care.
Munro we will have need of you soon
But for now we will festoon ourselves with silly hats
While watching fireworks burn and crack
And try not to think of how soon we must leave
For such dour thoughts are best kept faraway.
For now Munro sleeps through it all
While the crew shouts Happy New Year!
To one and all.

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