Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sailing Memory

And may that love within our hearts
Set fire to others with its flame.
                                           Universalis Hymn
                                                                                                                  Google Images

                                           What I remember most
                                           is not the way the sails
                                           luffed and shook 
                                           like great, pale manes 
                                           below the tall herd of clouds,

                                           or the play of the wind, like unseen hands, 
                                           ruffling our vessel across the bays of afternoon,
                                           or the molting light of evening
                                           spilling the cerulean-silver lake
                                           into the smoldering orange-fire.

                                           No, what I remember most 
                                           was the way your eyes
                                           came about,
                                           lit with their own uncharted water,
                                           their transient blue

                                           the rivulets of stars over us;
                                           the netting 
                                           of navigation,
                                           of love.


  1. Cynthia, this is lovely - the dedication to keeping each stanza to five lines offers a sense of comfort and security when one could easily be swept away in the wind and water and in the whirlpool of memory. I love the interplay and the multiple levels of meaning here, as well as the way the last two stanzas respond to and complete the first two. Beautiful.

    1. I am so thankful for your insightful comments and the way you read a work. You are such an artist and writer through and through! You truly see. Thank you, friend, for your time and effort on replying.
      God Bless...