Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lady of the Shore


When you’ve been out in search of whales
Under the windy billowed sheets,
You dream of home and safe shores
Safe from the waves constant beats.

You go for days, for weeks, for months,
Until the hold is filled and full.
Water turns brackish, salty the meat,
And you live on hardtack and guell.



And at last in on the dim edge of night,
With tired body and fearful soul,
Your eyes search out the lady of light,
Where she stands beyond the shoal.

Up the mast, the call, “Her light”,
To guide you betwixt Hell and Heaven.
To a old salt home from the sea,
Lighthouses are alluring women.


Written September 7, 2011 for  Slam Week 9 at bluebellbooks. Com as inspired by the picture shown.



9 comments:

Daydreamertoo said...

My mum used to say you can never trust your heart to a sailor. When I asked why she replied" Because they usually have a girl waiting in every port." Who knows but, yours is a romantic write.

Jack Edwards Poetry said...

Very vivid poem. Loved it.

Morning said...

fitting and stunning entry.

Thanks for sharing.

Serena Shay said...

Great piece...love that last line! They are quite alluring. :)

charleslmashburn said...

Awesome, Larry! You nailed this one! beautiful take on the prompt, visual and vivid writing! I really like this one!
Here's my entry for this slam prompt: http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/dearest-john-2/

Short Poems said...

This is a very lovely and very visual poem!

ShonEjai said...

Beautiful poem. The colors in the photograph are simply gorgeous. Well done!

e.a.s. demers said...

I like this one... well done! :-)

jay said...

Beautiful! You've created some very vivid pictures there :)