25 September 2013

We're Future Sailors


We're future sailors ready for voyage
to future places, for the discovery a sea brings,
for breezes that push us to lost sites,
castaways but with the familiarity of all things

within our DNA to be discovered anew
in this time, our time, present now
even as we shape our future, prepared to sail strange
ships with mates who themselves avow

they're sailors, too. We find each other
seek each other out, drawn to those who search maps,
test winds and speak of adventures that sketch
the outlines of a life, content despite the gaps.




For Izy at Real Toads who has us writing out of standard using a line from an original Boosh song. You have to check this out to understand! And for open link night at dVerse Poets Pub.
Photo taken on the Grand Canal during a recent trip to Venice.

28 comments:

  1. I guess life is after all a journey, whether in miles or thought. I like "in this time, our time, present now even as we shape our future..." It some how makes the future a little less scary

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    1. I just read a quote by Pema Chodron today that said "Fear is the natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.".

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  2. This ties in so well with the Tolkein line on your sidebar, Mary. I like it, a lot.
    K

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    1. Thanks, Kay. I'm hoping Tolkein is right...

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  3. Beautiful poem! I had missed your poetic words.

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    1. I missed them, too, which brought me back.

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  4. within our dna to be discovered anew....i think it is in my dna to make new discoveries...and if we are lucky enough we do get to find others on the journey...

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    1. Look for the ones searching maps and testing winds... we seek each other.

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  5. content despite the gaps...wow, this one has sea-faring spirit all of it's own. Lovely response to the out of standard! Thanks for posting and viva la

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    1. This was such a great prompt and seemed perfect for where I'm at right now.

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  6. I enjoyed your poem especially this part...

    "drawn to those who search maps,
    test winds and speak of adventures"

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  7. I like that title "We're future sailors" and the magnificent sailing ship photo.

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    1. That line was taken from the song of the group, Boosh, as requested by the prompt. It spun me in a whole different way than the more fanciful original.

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  8. First, Mary, such a beautiful beautiful photograph. I happen to really love Venice and this is just a sparkling picture. The poem is so very original--there is a sense of discovering that we were meant to be. thanks. This is Karin of Manicddaily. k.

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    1. Thanks, Karin. Venice is a uniquely lovely place. This schooner sailed by as I was eating dinner next to the canal. Four days without cars put me on a whole slower track that I liked.

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  9. Fantastic Mary...love your take on it!

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    1. I enjoyed the fun or fantastic takes on the prompt but this resonated with my current state.

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  10. love that spirit ..and the second stanza...my favorite

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    1. Welcome and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  11. I think this is really good. It goes beyond the original prompt and delivers some marvellous lines, which encapsulate the questing spirit of mankind.

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    1. I appreciate how prompts sometimes speak to me and let me see and express my current quest in a different way. That line "we're future sailors" did.

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  12. "content despite the gaps".. I think that is a true adventurous spirit!

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    1. In the gap between now and the future it's important to stay content and grateful for all that has been.

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  13. These are really thoughtful words Mary - a pleasure to read.
    Anna :o]

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    1. Thank you, Anna. It was helpful for me to put it into words. I get clearer in the process.

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  14. No one testifies this more truly than you, Mary.

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    1. It does seem to be a constant in my life.

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