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My Mistress
by Ames K. Swartsfager

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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A durge on leaving my sailboat/home of eighteen years because of sickness.

MY MISTRESS

 

by Ames K. Swartsfager

 

 

She lay there naked,

her bunting bundled and neatly tied.

in her reflection on the still waters

she looks lithe and youthful.

 

I sigh,

what a beautiful and loyal mistress.

she has intervened and kept me from all harm

and now...

 

I lift my head and look at her supine image

she is no longer a youth.

her wrinkles cannot be concealed by

a coat of makeup paint.

 

I remember

the great times we shared

lying together in the night

under the stars...

 

But now...now she's old

more like a strumpet...used up.

yet she beckons me come near

but I am too ill...done in.

 

Unable to stroke her rails

too sick to walk her decks.

no more will I clothe her with Dacron

no more will I set her course to adventure.

 

I must leave her and live on the land

I must desert my friend of so many years.

I close my eyes to fight back the sadness

I close my ears to her plaintive cry.

 

I turn,

try not to look back,

to see her wiggle her stern flirtatiously in the current.

but I do.

 

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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 7/30/2013
Nicely written. I think everyone looks back on some thing or some person that they must leave behind. Frightening! My wife, Jennie, and I have been married 47 years. One must pass on before the other . . . Frightening!
Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/24/2012
Sweet and sad, and it speaks volumes about your love for the boat and all she represents.

Connie
Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler 11/12/2011
Very emotional. Well-conveyed and well-written.

Tom
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 8/18/2010
Very emotionally charged! The close of another of life's chapters. Transitions are sometimes hard to make. Well written Ames.

Peace,
Dayvid
Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/18/2010
A moving piece Ames. One of the best emotional pieces I've read in a while. Kudos! You effectively imbue your words with the melancholic disembogue of a languishing heart.
Peace and continued imagination ...
richard
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/18/2010
Tough for a sea going man to lose his sailing mistress.
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