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(01/19/1950 / St Martinsville, Louisiana)

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Sail

The spray hits you in the face.
The swells bring the distended belly
Quickly up then settles with a greenish hiss,
Another and another.

You wonder where the long-winged birds
Light for rest.

All is water, all around,
You look out to the horizon
Your only constant
A setting sun

Night creeping up your back
You dare not turn
To see its grin.

Submitted: Monday, October 07, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 08, 2013


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I wrote this will participating in a poetry workshop at the Georgetown Poetry Festival in Georgetown, Texas. The workshop was conducted by Ann McCrady and dealt with Poetry of Place.

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  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (11/27/2013 11:47:00 PM)

    Seems u were swimming at dusk? Whateva it is u hav capturd d imagery in a remarkable way. U personified the night too. Wow! And plenty regards n tnx.

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  • Lorraine Colon (10/7/2013 5:27:00 PM)

    Very nice. I could almost feel the spray and see the birds in flight.

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