Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 17, 2015

Stray~by Nikki Anne Schmutz and Daniel VanGilder




She set a course
Captain of her own soul
Lost in memory
Finding joy in small islands

While islands are
Sunny respites
She searches the seas
For what was lost

Mourning her lost
Glimpses of time
Passage over water
Always watching

Spyglass trained
On the horizon
Where she hopes
Past and future collide

Clouds roll in imminently
Thunder crashes warnings
Waves tumble about
Capsizing her expedition

Time stops
No, it moves in reverse
Passion moves the heart
Gasps for air unseen

Lungs collapse
Body weakens and fails
Until her breath is ice
And her eyes won’t open

There is hope
Searching forever in waves
Frantic pulse quickens once
Then it is gone

Her soul watches the reel
Of her life as it flashes
The vision pauses on a moment
The turning point of salvation

He is there
Some long forgotten dream made flesh
Wrapped in the glory of the sun
Morning never felt so right

Her heart, once stray
Cast about on the open waves
Now finds a harbor
In the man she lost at sea


  1. Reblogged this on A Little Fire Leaping and commented:
    Read my collaboration with poet Daniel VanGilder!

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