Sail Into Your Heart

Sounds in the deep
Almost audible rumble
A sense of motion
Leviathan moves

Shifting balance
Gravity suddenly
Unpredictable

Sailing this craft
My heart a tiller in my hand
Time to tack

Carve a graceful curve
Around the immense wet
Shiny back breaching the surface

Rounding the roil
I steer beneath the great arch
In the shade of the tail

A moment of fear
Should my keel scratch her skin
But in another moment I am clear

Flukes slap like thunder
Sending a tsunami
To speed me on my way

Maelstrom marks
Where she descends
In a liquid pirouette

A wave
Another wave
And nothing

Becalmed for days
Shaded only by the mainsail
Alone on a glass sea

At last Calypso’s breath
Awakens my sleeping heart
Awakens me to now

It is time to come about
To set a new course
For anywhere

Sail into your heart. Take only what you need for the journey of a lifetime. Trust the breeze to behave only as breezes do. Trust the wind to fill your sails and only leave them empty for a while, now and then.

Deep beneath you living things move, hidden from sight, creating forces that influence your boat without your consent or knowledge. Instinctively you compensate and all is well until the storm comes to rock your boat.

If you are lucky you had a teacher to tell you to lower your sail and use your anchor to steer into the wind, and you steered into the wind and your boat bucked like a young wild horse, but the storm passed and all was well, a little bailing notwithstanding. However if you were less lucky you had no teacher and took the storm broadside or tried to outrun it, only to find yourself awash and sinking fast. Still, there might have been luck, a savior, but if not then to submerge was the only thing, your energy dissipating into the saline solution of life.

Saline, saline, over the bounding bay, many a stormy wind shall blow. Come back, Jack.

Hoist two sheets to the good west wind and fly full sail over the peaceful waves in the uninterrupted sun. Feel the freshness on your skin and smell the incomparable fragrance of the open sea. May you make port in good time, hungry for the company of your fellow humans and armed with salt water tales to tell and the light of wide sky travel in your eyes. They will love to hear what you have to say, I know it.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a fun hub, One minute i was sailing then i was adrift and looking for others who had lost their sail. Beautiful..Thank you..


cleaner3 4 years ago

beautiful write sir. felt it all the way around.


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

All adventures have their ups and downs, just like the sea. Thank you Ruby and Cleaner3.


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

I had the privledge of doing a " Whale Tour" years ago..an awesome moment in my life, and you just with your words rekindled that day...

Thank you so much for reminding me on one of " Mother Nature's" magnificent wonders.interesting HUB.


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Voronwe 4 years ago

Merely reading this hub felt like an adventure itself. It's beautiful! "Calypso's breath" and "Alone on a glass sea"...

Yes, lucky are those who had a teacher. Great hub!


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

What an incredible hub, it flowed like the waves themselves. Jamie


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

I would like to go on a whale tour, KJ. It must have been a wonderful experience! Thank you

Ah, the teachers, Voronwe. They do come in all shapes and sizes, don't they? Thank you

Thank you, Jhamann. I am so glad you enjoyed it!


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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

I enjoyed this very much, especially after taking a whale watching cruise out of Reykjavik harbor last month where we enjoyed a week's stay in Iceland.


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Iceland! What a great experience, JK!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

heart felt...simply beautiful...


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Raciniwa!


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Brenda L Scully 3 years ago from Ireland

this was so beautiful, I just know I will be back here again, to read and contemplate and most of all enjoy


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Tom Rubenoff 3 years ago from United States Author

You have a lot to say, Brenda. All you need is the time to say it. And you have plenty of time. We are all listening.


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Brenda L Scully 3 years ago from Ireland

oooooooh good, I better get writing then........


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Tom Rubenoff 3 years ago from United States Author

It is good to see your smiling face, Brenda. :)


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Brenda L Scully 3 years ago from Ireland

yeah and I keep coming back here for more encouragement......

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