Sails

Filaments stretch invisibly
holding clouds high above the sea
an albatross weaves between

Ferry lights pulse dit-dit dit-dit
earth’s shadow’s reflected
in the gradient sky

On the promenade
strollers pull coats closer
sails catch the wind defiantly

The albatross lands
on a mooring rope
as people go ashore.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Sails

  1. A strong sense of the in-between in this lovely poem until …

    ‘The albatross lands
    on a mooring rope
    as people go ashore.’

    … which ‘ends’ the poem nicely (yet still keeping the prospect of further ‘moments’ alive) with a settling on the rope & the prospect of dry land beneath the people’s feet. Beautiful! 🙂

  2. Agree w. Peter…There is a nice sense of continuance here…and I’m kept in suspense as well, wondering about how that albatross will affect each soul…Like it alot, M!

  3. I like this poem, the salt air can be tasted as I read.

    I feel it speaks of the human and spirit connection. In your first stanza:

    ‘Filaments stretch invisibly
    holding clouds high above the sea
    an albatross weaves between’

    It on the surface suggests the clouds and waves moving in sync but also speaks of the delicate fibres that hold the body and soul between ‘heaven and earth’.

    In the second stanza the ferry lights are pulsing like heart beats, reflecting our earthly form onto the sky.

    I wonder who the strollers are? and the albatross? Are the defiant sails the wings of albatross seeking shelter, or the sails carrying travellers ashore.

    Then the albatross lands as people alight from the ferry, is it maybe the guardian spirit of the travellers, the displaced always seeking a safe ‘home from home’

    Lovely write as always M 🙂

  4. earth’s shadow’s reflected
    in the gradient sky
    My favorite part. I love it when a bright light penetrates a dark sky. everything look so unnatruial and erie. Like catching someone you don’t know using the bathroom. It’s an unusual comparison 🙂

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