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How I yearned for a house when 

I was a mariner with a ship in a
bottle above the fireplace, the wind
outside would be my friend as I 
floated on the tides of memory.
I became sick of the futility of prayer
and the indifference of the sea God
as I asked him to repair our sails.
As I sleep the wind crashes against windows, 
is the sea God summoning me, I have become
a ship in a bottle. Ghost sits in a rock chair 
whispering story's to the fire-we aspired to be
kings of the sea as the ship was pulled to and fro,
I watched a mermaid intercept a harpoon, perhaps
the sea became sick of killing. I long to be back
on a ship, death wouldn't concern me. I hear the
whales singing to me in my sleep of how they want
a home which is a place of peace.

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Barry,   Wow!   The words just flow into one another and this poem comes full circle.  One of your best in my opinion.


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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Barry, I picture a cottage, and I am there in that cottage. There's a fireplace with a fire, and there's a ship in a bottle on its mantle. There's a table with two chairs and a bottle of wine, upon the table, almost gone. I'm stressed, because the wine is almost gone. I only have one bottle left, but I don't want to open it; I'm saving it for the return of a beloved. 

On 3/6/2019 at 4:41 AM, eclipse said:
… perhaps
the sea became sick of killing ...

I hope so ...

Thank you,


Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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David W. Parsley


Ohhhh, yeah.  This one touches mythic waters lapping at the roots of my subconsciousness, a part that is contained to a tamed miniature that still remembers the epic potentialities still out there, not yet exhausted.  Nice imagery and symbol.  I agree with tink and tony: one of your best!


 - David

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