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The Drip Dry Sail

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Where is the wind tonight?

I lie here idle on the sea

This flat sheet of blue holds me

anchored by a splay of stars

which cloaks the face of God


No tides pull, no whispers in the sails

The rocking hull sounds a bell

that ripples through the brackish night

and echoes back, ‘nothing there’

but walls of ancient silence


Distant seabirds fly in circles, as

all those lonely - that measure time

and cast their nets in empty pools,

to reap bare cloaks and silence:

A seabird dives knowing the

night only lasts until dawn

Comments

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 04, 2020:

Thank you Patricia. I appreciate you taking your time to read and comment.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 06, 2019:

Growing up on the waters of Virginia, I experienced the windless times. And honestly it was calmly and peaceful. You kept me reading...'the night only lasts till dawn' ...and sometimes that dawn cannot come soon enough. Angels once again are on the way ps

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 04, 2016:

Hello Ann - Just a poetic offering. One best read late at night. Thanks for the visit.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 04, 2016:

Great title and that's what drew me in. You never know what's coming next when you're drifting at sea....

Ann

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 24, 2016:

Hello shanmarie - thanks for the visit this afternoon.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 24, 2016:

Lonely, forlorn, apprehensive. . .hopeful.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 07, 2016:

Hello Sha. That is very kind of you. I get bits and pieces for ideas then try and push them into something people may enjoy reading.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 07, 2016:

You're good at it, Mike. Although I started out writing poetry, I find I don't look forward to reading it all that often, of late. Yours is amazing and look forward to more.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 07, 2016:

Thanks Sha. I try my hand at poetry form time to time. There are so many fine poets here that I don't jump into this genre too often. Thanks for the fine compliment.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 07, 2016:

Wow. This is breathtaking, Mike. You've completely blown me away. Absolutely amazing poetry!

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 03, 2016:

Happy Thursday Audrey. Thank you very much.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 03, 2016:

Beautiful work Mike! I didn't know that you write poetry--would love to read more from you!

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 20, 2016:

Hello Nellieanna. What a treat. Thank you for the visit and nice comment.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on February 20, 2016:

How melodic and visual! One could feel the essence of it and hear the music of the spheres in the lines.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 19, 2016:

Hello Peg - The Lure of the Sea has captured many a sailor. I know you are very proud of your Father and that adds so much to your character. So much of our human DNA comes for the sea and the pull and mystery of that is embedded deep in all of us.

Thanks for your visit this morning and wonderful comment.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 19, 2016:

This was absolutely stunning with its imagery and magnitude of depth. Your poem brought to mind the many nights my Navy Dad spent on the ocean when its turbulence was still and the night was dark. I loved this calming and deeply meaningful verse. Listening to Mozart now. Beautiful.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 17, 2016:

Thank you Gypsy, very nice of you to say!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 17, 2016:

Lovely poetry!

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 17, 2016:

Thank you Shyron. What a nice thing to say. I have written a few poems and only a few are on HP. In my hey-say of Emerald Wells Cafe, I hosted Speakeasy Night where all the regulars gathered to share their thoughts through their poetry. That was a poetry writing frenzy that happened about every two weeks.

Thank you for visiting today.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 17, 2016:

Mike, I love your poetry, I am so happy with this one, but I have to look for other poems you have written. All this and with music. I love all music from Bach to Rock, my favorite is Country which use to be Rock. Or is it the other way around?

This piece by Mozart is so soothing.

Blessings my friend

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 16, 2016:

Thank you Seafarer Mama, very kind of you to take a moment to read this. I appreciate the visit and nice comment.

Karen A Szklany from New England on February 16, 2016:

Very lovely poem and musical accompaniment. Your title captured me from reading it in my daily new hub alert in my email. Just love boats and water...and music.

Such a peaceful scene you've created with both words and media!

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 14, 2016:

Hello John. The Pacific fascinates me. From stories of WWII coast watchers to Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. Heck even Conrad, Dana and O'Brien. Thanks for visiting this short piece this afternoon.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 14, 2016:

I love the atmosthphere portrayed in this hub. The peacefulness of the still sea at night. Poems and stories of the sea have always held a special appeal to me Mike, even though I have only written one or two myself. Well done.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 14, 2016:

Hello Paula. The ocean has a deep draw on all of us. It is where we came from and likely where we will return. Thanks for spending your time here today. I appreciate your comment.

Suzie from Carson City on February 14, 2016:

The ocean's sight, sounds & fragrance creates such a sense of calm and amazement. It's a place we can become completely lost is peace & bliss.

Your poem reads like a comforting dream.............Paula

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 14, 2016:

Hello Will. Thanks. I hope you are still writing. I am not seeing your postings. I appreciate you stopping by.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 14, 2016:

Hello Theresa so glad you found a moments delight reading this piece. Being able to carry you back to a magical time is such a big compliment, so I thank you for that. I appreciate the compliment and support of my writing here on Hubpages. The blessing is nice also.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 14, 2016:

Hello Martie. I have an ocean less than an hours’ drive from my front door, but I never go there. It’s a shame really. Up the coast a few hours’ drive is Monterey and Carmel and Big Sur which has scenic areas that will compare with the top spots in the world.

Many people fear the ocean – like I said, it holds many mysteries and tugs at the imagination. Glad you liked the poem.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on February 14, 2016:

Wow! You captured the moment beautifully! Well done, Mike.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 13, 2016:

Oh, my, Mike, this is divine poetry! I hope you do write more poetry along with your short stories. You are truly multi-gifted.

I remember going to the beach by myself when we lived in Florida and my husband was in the Air Force off on a mission, and how I would just lie there with my eyes closed at the sounds of the sea and life around it. It was magical, just like your poetry is now.

Peace and blessings

Martie Coetser from South Africa on February 13, 2016:

Oh, the ocean! What can look and sound more divine? And yet, I don't want to be on, or in it. I fear it as much as I admire it. I guess in my mind God is like the sea.

Beautiful poem and symphony of Mozart! Thank you, Mck. This read was so appropriate on this Sunday morning!

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 13, 2016:

Hello mar. The sea/oceans hold great mystery. The vastness is a source of metaphor for many authors - our minds can not get around it. Thank you for your visit and nice compliment. Hope and clarity is a nice combination.

Happy Valentine's Day to you.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on February 13, 2016:

The sea is profound to me...even when alone in the dark, I feel hope and clarity in her presence.

Your poem instills the same feeling in me, Mike. Your muse is rather amazing these days.

Happy Valentine's Day...Hugs, mar

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 13, 2016:

Hello Genna. Hope you are safe and warm as I see you are all having weather again. "Stunning" that is a word I savior - Thank you for that.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 13, 2016:

Hello Perspycacious - thanks for doubling back and sharing.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 13, 2016:

Simply stunning, and the music melds beautifully. :-)

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on February 13, 2016:

Enjoyed and shared with an old sea dog cousin named David Craigie from Oklahoma City area.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 13, 2016:

hello RTalloni. That sounds positive; I like the water metaphor.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 13, 2016:

lambservant - thank you

RTalloni on February 13, 2016:

Your poem soaks in as it is read… :)

Lori Colbo from United States on February 13, 2016:

Absolutely beautiful.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 13, 2016:

Not the first time I received a "D". Thanks Perspycacious.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on February 13, 2016:

Does this need a "d"? "an echoes back, ‘nothing there’"

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 13, 2016:

Hi Ruby. Thank you. I could not figure out how to use this in a Carriage Driver story and the worlds kept persisting on being used. Happy Saturday and Happy Valentine's wishes to you.

mckbirdbks (author) from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 13, 2016:

Hello annasmom. Thank you that is very kind of you to say. I appreciate your visit.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 13, 2016:

This is beautiful Mike! " Walls of ancient silence " It is sooo good to see you writing poetry again....Loved it..

annasmom on February 13, 2016:

Is beautiful. I can feel the atmosphere...and my own contemplations. Thanks.

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