Posted by: Ron DuBour | September 28, 2014


Poesy plus Polemics

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I live among ships of an age
ships that once plied the routes
that connected the world
fought the battles that remade
the maps of belligerent kings

ships I built on my fingertips
piece upon piece sewed their
sails tied their rigging of threads
spun from passion for nautical
turns of a landlubber’s mind

yards and masts stand a cruciform
forest across worn oak surfaces
decking my den between leather
bound volumes and chandlery
relics from dead captain’s quarters

I dream of roiled seas ripping under
my feet cut by bows of adventure
foam spraying the freeboard flags
snapping with crisp salty history
made by bold maritime bones

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