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A Chanced Meeting
by Helen C. Downey

Thursday, March 15, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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No one
Understands the desolation

No one
Feels the cold pain from within

As two ships pass in the early dawn
Reflections of them ripple upon the glass
Some watch as each glides smoothly by
It appears they might collide
A thickened mist construe s them
Passage is undetermined
Sails are set against the wind
Eyeless crew watch onward
The clanging of metal against wood
Creaking of wooden planks not walked
Waves splash endlessly against the bow
Continuous spinning and turning of an unmanned wheel
Endless ringing of a bell
In the blink of an owl’s eye
The ships pass on
No recognition of the other
A harsh brisk wind blows
Chilling anything aboard|
The heavy mist thickens
As the boats depart
Arrival at no distant shore

HCD 3/2007
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Reviewed by Z McClure 3/7/2008
As I read this, I thought of the countless people I've brushed shoulders with, but then parted from, probably never to meet again.
I felt myself tense as I read the part about "waves splash endlessly against the bow". Strong visual imagery put me on board. For a moment, I was there.

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 7/5/2007
Excellent! I was thinking just the other day what a lonely sound a ship's horn can be [do they call it a horn? my ignorance on the subject v a s t}. Think I feel another 'lonesome' poem comin' on.
T h a n k s !! You have left lasting images -- sounds, sights, and more -- with us, and that is no small gift!! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/25/2007
Thoroughtly enjoyed the levels of writing here. Barely avoided conflict, coldness, and going their own way. Excellent. Liz
Reviewed by . . (Reader) 5/12/2007
I enjoyed the way you presented your verse here. The familiarity of the vessels, the atmosphere in transition, the parting; each thought fits spot on. Very good writing, a pleasure to read.
Reviewed by Art Sun 3/18/2007
Many relationships are as the expressions of your poetic display of expression...a very nice work...

enjoyed.....Art Sun...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/17/2007
Symbolically meaningful of events that happen in our lives, Helen; powerfully thought-inciting; your verses quicken my breathing. You did well. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Michael Mathieu 3/16/2007
Like our lives, we pass each other with nowhere to go...
Staring straight ahead...
Well said,

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/16/2007
Quite haunting, and quite good, Helen.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 3/16/2007
Nice write...enjoyed, could feel the waves within the write...great imagery! Enjoyed this much!
Joyce Bowling

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