Poem: The Shipwrecked Soul

Updated on November 12, 2017
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Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

A South Carolina Beach
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The Shipwrecked Soul

Seamless shifting sands,

Torment dunes command,

Ships sailing sorrow seas.

Pleading I waved,

Despair my heart preyed,

Adrift tears drowned my pleas.

To rise afloat no more,

Depriving my guiding hands,

Graveyard Atlantic she sleeps.

Caught in twisted blue vortex,

Hundred miles from land,

Wood underwater a vault keeps.

Caswell Beach, NC
Caswell Beach, NC | Source

Bones chipped frozen stones,

Pained being wrapped bands,

Stormed vessel below the deep.

Down mighty she fought,

Every made fiber and strand,

Resting beneath the ocean peace.

Random surge capsize,

In tandem jump from can,

Launched my crew over their knees.

To captain abandon no more,

Surf laughter cold bitten ran,

Shored up cemetery to me.

Gales gusting my blood,

Boat bordered and manned,

Tides teasing appeased.

Throw line to forever,

To net wild eternity,

Cyclone baited destiny.

Holden Beach, NC
Holden Beach, NC | Source

She sang nautical dirge,

She fled while others’ stand,

Seas chanting her deceased.

Catch now sinking memory,

Clasp firm with steel hands,

Wind and rain rule the sea.

Stream of Gulf married Labrador,

Spinning a doomsday fan,

Sprouting feelings in me.

I prayed bleeding,

Watching storms grinding sand,

Comfort beach strolling me.

Ask opinion of Neptune,

Sky makes water expand,

Man to earth fish to the sea.

Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach, VA | Source

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Beaches and Poetry

Poetry can take many shapes and forms. For example, poetry may or may not rhyme. A poem may or may not have stanzas. Poems can tackle real or imagined situations. The variations in how a poem is written depend on the author. Yet, one fact is essential in poetry – poems were meant to be experienced by the reader. Any structural aspect of the poem is secondary to the ability of the work to give “Meaning.”

In the above poem, I wrote about an imaginary person “shipwrecked” on the beaches of North Carolina, a real place. I made reference to the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” located where the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Currents meet. Off the coast of the state, Countless ships have been lost where these ocean currents come together near Cape Hatteras. With these details, the reader can let his/her mind enjoy the experience. However, the reader may wonder from the poem:

Questions a Reader May Ask

  1. Is the author using metaphors to underscore a point?
  2. What century is the author referring to in the work?
  3. What feelings does the poem bring to surface?
  4. Should a person give up after disaster?
  5. Is there value in being “shipwrecked” literally or figuratively?
  6. Have I been shipwrecked without realizing it?

In any case, a reader ponders a poem and allows his/her knowledge of life to help with interpretation. Through the use of interpretation, meaning develops. This is one way the reader of a poem can enjoy the experience of the work. Thank you for reading my poem. Please, leave comments if you enjoyed: “The Shipwrecked Soul.”


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      Tim Truzy 6 months ago from U.S.A.

      You are welcomed, my friend. I like to "immerse" myself in a poem. You are right: that's how meaning develops. I thank my English teachers/professors for enlightening me on how to do that. But my psychological background - that's when I learned to "step out of me" and "sense" the meaning around me. Not required for everyone, of course.

      Thanks again.

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      Sonia Sylart 6 months ago from UK

      Hi Tim

      Although sometimes people can become frustrated when they cannot instantly or fully understand everything in a poem, I must agree that the thoughts, questions and feelings a poem provokes in a person are just as important as "understanding". Plus as far both understanding and feelings are concerned, reading and re-reading are very worthwhile. Often each time we re-read we get something else from a piece that we had overlooked beforehand, or our understanding changes to a small or even large degree.

      Thanks for this thought provoking hub and poem.

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      Tim Truzy 6 months ago from U.S.A.

      I composed this work with the old metaphor in mind - we are ships bound in an endless sea. Sometimes, the waters are extremely troubling, forcing us to return to a safe "port." The beaches we walk - family, work, religion, etc. - but the currents that could take us under are always close and threatening. This poem gives a glimpse of those seas and how our inner being may be "shipwrecked." Or it could be "experienced" in the literal sense of the language.