Tim Rodgers Jr


O’ Captain


O’ Captain is the title of my piece for Something In The Water Festival. 

I tend to write and jot down simple rhymes when I think of them. ”I talk to air, I talk to sea, I talk to all that resides in me!” seemed like a good start and jump off to go with. The idea that how we speak and command ourselves throughout our lives is important and can take us wherever we wish. I wanted to depict a kid using his imagination and words to charge forth into the sea. 


William Ernest Henley 

Out of the night that covers me,

      Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

      I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

      Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul.


Timothy Rodgers Jr.