The Older Sailboats

Mandelstam: ” We see a forest and we say
“That forest’s for ships and masts.” ”

By night the older sailboats 
on the lake glide to shore;
return their timbers
to the forest; their cotton
sails to the four winds;
loose their anchors and lines
to the sea bed for the 
molluscs and the microbes 
of the mud; and the water 
gives up phosphorescent fire,
burning like a Viking funeral.

Julian O’Dea

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on May 14, 2019 at 9:32 am

    While there are no bear metaphors, I like it very much, especially how all the components return to nature.
    Not all wooden boats return to nature. Video runs four and a half minutes.


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