While on Martha’s Vineyard in September, I happened upon the indelible sight of dozens of wooden gaff-rigs and schooners lining up for a regatta. I biked back with my camera, overcome with the joy of these elegant vessels navigating wind and wave. Oh, to sail a wooden boat.
Noble feathers of the wind
Fall at the behest of their master,
Twice slain in that fallow field
Which men refuse to plow,
For there lay the bones
Of each one's murder, the
Deaths they carried out that
Carry out their own.
This, out of all truths, may be
Ascertained: death begets
Death, but also life, in
That day when the bones sprout,
Flourish, and bear fruit.
The fallow field shall be called
Fertile, and the men who
Slayed themselves will fear only beauty.
Snæfellsjökull, Iceland. 2019
A sandy sunset serenade, strumming a submarine seagull, seated on a stump.
My father grew up on the lake, and wanted a seagull guitar for as long as he could remember. He finally bought one. It came with a past—it lived for years on a submarine and was a central source of entertainment for the crew. You might say it's a bit worn down. My father would say it's got character. He returned to the Great Lake, Seagull in hand. Sitting down on a stump, he breathed the cool summer air, and sang of things fitting for such an instrument. It reminds me that I'd rather be worn and wise, with a story of grace, than to convince the world I've got it put together.
POETICA - MYTHOS - LOGOS