Sunday, June 10, 2012

"Sailing" (poem)

 The Sunday Whirl:

Inspired by my kids' plunge into summer. 
 "Sail on, Silvergirl" (and ~boy.)

 ~ Sailing ~

I watch them sail –
Two vessels, masts upright –
The seven seas of summer
(Mud-stained sails)

Time crawls for them
Mine – skips, and lands, and sinks 
Before I get to count –
A thrown stone

I close my eyes
And travel back once more
I brush away the shadows
Willows cry

I board my ship –
Without a single nail
Of love, and faith, and hope
It’s built to last

And soon enough
I leave the coastal bluffs
And taste the salty breath
Of summertime

I feel my heart
Still trembling in the wind
(Corona’s way too weak)
I feel alive.

Live for the Love of it,
The Happy Amateur 



  1. All these poems with oceans in them keep popping into my reading ventures. I must get to the are feeding my desire. Thank you. I especially love:
    "I leave the coastal bluffs
    And taste the salty breath
    Of summertime"

  2. Thank you, Brenda. I guess longing for salt water is subconscious: ocean themes popping into my head all the time..

  3. yes, it does have that strong 'call of the sea' feel to it. A bit of beach time does sound appealing.

  4. Sailing away into summertime - ah, what a wonderful idea. The sense of escape is strong in this one. Well written. :)

  5. I'm a sucker for sailing, Sasha. And you brought out the alliteration in me. Nicely penned, my friend!

  6. Wow! Wonderful words, Walt! (I guess alliteration works both ways :-) Thank you very much for visiting!

  7. beautiful the image of the sailboat....well-done