Monday, February 8, 2016

Away and Away

photo by Caroline Knopf

©2016 Susan Noyes Anderson

Away and away to the black-bottomed sea
sailed her man on a whim and a wave.
"No creature above or below escapes me!"
was the promise his blushing bride gave.

Harpoon in hand, she stood vigil by day
and by night cast a net in her dreams.
Her veil was the mist, trimmed in fine ocean spray,
and her tears ran in saltwater streams.

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22 comments:

Little Nell said...

Gorgeous. Funnily enough I’d just left a comment on Irene’s to the effect that the whte dress in her poem suddenly made me think of a wedding dress - why hadn’t I seen it before?. You convey this beautifully.

C Hummel Kornell said...

Love your second verse! This is lovely.

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

Love the rhymes and images. Reads so beautifully.

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, so many contrasts here.

Gail said...

Wow! In company of such a creation, I am speechless.

EG CameraGirl said...

This poem makes me feel like you nknow the life of a nineteenth century whaler. A hard life for the man and the woman.

Jennifer Wagner said...

Excellent!

SilverGardenia said...

I love the flow of the rhymes!

Pondside said...

Beautiful, romantic, sad - perfect. My great grandfather was lost at sea, leaving a pregnant wife and two tiny girls. I think this poem has something of the flavour of what I imagine their relationship might have been like.

Ira said...

the thoughts you echo justify the effect of this pic. Immensely enjoyed it!

Truedessa said...

. Her veil was the mist, trimmed in fine ocean spray, and her tears ran in saltwater streams. that is a beautiful image that evokes loss.

Tess Kincaid said...

I like the traditional feel here...like an old song...

wojisme said...

Now, that is a "classic" treatment of that photo. It has an old school feel in a new presentation. A special piece, Susan!

LeAnn said...

I loved the photo and of course, I always enjoy your poetry. This was one to heighten my imagination. Hugs!

brudberg said...

I really hope she snares that treacherous man... I like the feeling of a song ..

Stef said...

Dumb man! Doesn't he know what he has waiting for him on the shore!

Karen Sue said...

I've often thought I would not be a good sailor or sailor's wife...don't even want to go on a cruise... beautiful words, dear Sue

Sun Bloom said...

Beautiful portray!

Kutamun said...

This is beautiful , are you a water sign ?

Susan Anderson said...

Nope, I'm a Gemini. But I grew up near the Pacific ocean, and I do love it.

Sandra said...

beautiful ..!

Grandma Honey said...

What a tough woman. Sometimes that's what it takes!

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