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by john k zimmerman

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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This poem is about many things

It is,fwiw, poetry post #600

Becalmed far from shore
limp sails flapping in the
deceitful light airs I seek
the omnipotent Wind
I whistle a tuneless aire
to stir the air and bribe the
Wind to my will but the Wind
takes no notice of my tune.
I promise oblations of gold
purest nard and seeing wax
A home for the Wind filled
with such: The Wind is not bought.

Stymied I ship the sculling oar
in it transom lock. Working it
back and forth, twisting it as i
, my craft moves forward.


Shoreward or seaward: Which

way should I steer?  Shoreward:
safe harbour, rocks. Seaward:
vast emptiness, room to sail.
A  puff of Wind points the
bow seaward, so seaward I steer
chasing the vagrant breezes
I box the compass in vain.
I drop the scull and curse
the Windm the Sea and the Sky

but they will not be bullied --

I only waste my breath.
I take up the scull and start
to move the boat forward
out into the empty uncaring
sea. setting my courses for
where I am bound. With an eye
on the compass and one the
the horizon I keep on sculling --

steadily doggedly swinging the oar.

A day and a night and a
night and a day I drive my
craft forwards, forgetful of
the Wind this slow voyage..
After three days, dehydrated,
exhausted, spent beyond hope,
I awake to the Wind:
Salvation by faith and a sculling oar





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Reviewed by jude forese 12/30/2010
a multifaceted journey i enjoyed reading ...
Reviewed by The Poetess 12/23/2010
Wow! The courage it takes to row out to sea
And let go the fear that lead us to be
too stagnant

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