© 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved
Lashing myself to the mast of independence,
ready to brave the tortured depths unmapped on any globe,
wild winds whip my hair back from my face,
affording an excellent view of that far unknown horizon.
Can this bold barkentine withstand the heavy seas
to make port intact,
or will she break apart,
wormeaten hull too long in drydock
hoisted high on land?
Having fitted her with needful things for voyaging,
there is no way to know this
other than to chart the course with compass card
and spyglass trained to pick out constant stars
that light the journey home.
And if she splits and sinks to anonymity
cradled in the arms of the trident god,
log lost to legend lore,
it will not matter much to many;
just a faithful handful standing somewhere
on that shore,
arms outstretched in welcome
to embrace the sister sailed from forevermore.
© 2011 RC deWinter
Digital oils from a photograph of Pringle Bay,
South Africa by friend and Canadian artist
Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Xero, Akvis Oils
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