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The Drip Dry Sail

Updated on February 13, 2016
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Where is the wind tonight?

I lie here idle on the sea

This flat sheet of blue holds me

anchored by a splay of stars

which cloaks the face of God


No tides pull, no whispers in the sails

The rocking hull sounds a bell

that ripples through the brackish night

and echoes back, ‘nothing there’

but walls of ancient silence


Distant seabirds fly in circles, as

all those lonely - that measure time

and cast their nets in empty pools,

to reap bare cloaks and silence:

A seabird dives knowing the

night only lasts until dawn

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      annasmom 13 months ago

      Is beautiful. I can feel the atmosphere...and my own contemplations. Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is beautiful Mike! " Walls of ancient silence " It is sooo good to see you writing poetry again....Loved it..

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello annasmom. Thank you that is very kind of you to say. I appreciate your visit.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Ruby. Thank you. I could not figure out how to use this in a Carriage Driver story and the worlds kept persisting on being used. Happy Saturday and Happy Valentine's wishes to you.

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      Demas W Jasper 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Does this need a "d"? "an echoes back, ‘nothing there’"

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Not the first time I received a "D". Thanks Perspycacious.

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      Lori Colbo 13 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Absolutely beautiful.

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      RTalloni 13 months ago from the short journey

      Your poem soaks in as it is read… :)

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      lambservant - thank you

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      hello RTalloni. That sounds positive; I like the water metaphor.

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      Demas W Jasper 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Enjoyed and shared with an old sea dog cousin named David Craigie from Oklahoma City area.

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      Genna East 13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Simply stunning, and the music melds beautifully. :-)

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Perspycacious - thanks for doubling back and sharing.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Genna. Hope you are safe and warm as I see you are all having weather again. "Stunning" that is a word I savior - Thank you for that.

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      Maria Jordan 13 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      The sea is profound to me...even when alone in the dark, I feel hope and clarity in her presence.

      Your poem instills the same feeling in me, Mike. Your muse is rather amazing these days.

      Happy Valentine's Day...Hugs, mar

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello mar. The sea/oceans hold great mystery. The vastness is a source of metaphor for many authors - our minds can not get around it. Thank you for your visit and nice compliment. Hope and clarity is a nice combination.

      Happy Valentine's Day to you.

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      Martie Coetser 13 months ago from South Africa

      Oh, the ocean! What can look and sound more divine? And yet, I don't want to be on, or in it. I fear it as much as I admire it. I guess in my mind God is like the sea.

      Beautiful poem and symphony of Mozart! Thank you, Mck. This read was so appropriate on this Sunday morning!

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, my, Mike, this is divine poetry! I hope you do write more poetry along with your short stories. You are truly multi-gifted.

      I remember going to the beach by myself when we lived in Florida and my husband was in the Air Force off on a mission, and how I would just lie there with my eyes closed at the sounds of the sea and life around it. It was magical, just like your poetry is now.

      Peace and blessings

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      WillStarr 13 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow! You captured the moment beautifully! Well done, Mike.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Martie. I have an ocean less than an hours’ drive from my front door, but I never go there. It’s a shame really. Up the coast a few hours’ drive is Monterey and Carmel and Big Sur which has scenic areas that will compare with the top spots in the world.

      Many people fear the ocean – like I said, it holds many mysteries and tugs at the imagination. Glad you liked the poem.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Theresa so glad you found a moments delight reading this piece. Being able to carry you back to a magical time is such a big compliment, so I thank you for that. I appreciate the compliment and support of my writing here on Hubpages. The blessing is nice also.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Will. Thanks. I hope you are still writing. I am not seeing your postings. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      The ocean's sight, sounds & fragrance creates such a sense of calm and amazement. It's a place we can become completely lost is peace & bliss.

      Your poem reads like a comforting dream.............Paula

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Paula. The ocean has a deep draw on all of us. It is where we came from and likely where we will return. Thanks for spending your time here today. I appreciate your comment.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I love the atmosthphere portrayed in this hub. The peacefulness of the still sea at night. Poems and stories of the sea have always held a special appeal to me Mike, even though I have only written one or two myself. Well done.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John. The Pacific fascinates me. From stories of WWII coast watchers to Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. Heck even Conrad, Dana and O'Brien. Thanks for visiting this short piece this afternoon.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 13 months ago from New England

      Very lovely poem and musical accompaniment. Your title captured me from reading it in my daily new hub alert in my email. Just love boats and water...and music.

      Such a peaceful scene you've created with both words and media!

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thank you Seafarer Mama, very kind of you to take a moment to read this. I appreciate the visit and nice comment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago

      Mike, I love your poetry, I am so happy with this one, but I have to look for other poems you have written. All this and with music. I love all music from Bach to Rock, my favorite is Country which use to be Rock. Or is it the other way around?

      This piece by Mozart is so soothing.

      Blessings my friend

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thank you Shyron. What a nice thing to say. I have written a few poems and only a few are on HP. In my hey-say of Emerald Wells Cafe, I hosted Speakeasy Night where all the regulars gathered to share their thoughts through their poetry. That was a poetry writing frenzy that happened about every two weeks.

      Thank you for visiting today.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely poetry!

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thank you Gypsy, very nice of you to say!

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      Peg Cole 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was absolutely stunning with its imagery and magnitude of depth. Your poem brought to mind the many nights my Navy Dad spent on the ocean when its turbulence was still and the night was dark. I loved this calming and deeply meaningful verse. Listening to Mozart now. Beautiful.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg - The Lure of the Sea has captured many a sailor. I know you are very proud of your Father and that adds so much to your character. So much of our human DNA comes for the sea and the pull and mystery of that is embedded deep in all of us.

      Thanks for your visit this morning and wonderful comment.

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      Nellieanna Hay 13 months ago from TEXAS

      How melodic and visual! One could feel the essence of it and hear the music of the spheres in the lines.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Nellieanna. What a treat. Thank you for the visit and nice comment.

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      Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

      Beautiful work Mike! I didn't know that you write poetry--would love to read more from you!

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Happy Thursday Audrey. Thank you very much.

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      Wow. This is breathtaking, Mike. You've completely blown me away. Absolutely amazing poetry!

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thanks Sha. I try my hand at poetry form time to time. There are so many fine poets here that I don't jump into this genre too often. Thanks for the fine compliment.

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      You're good at it, Mike. Although I started out writing poetry, I find I don't look forward to reading it all that often, of late. Yours is amazing and look forward to more.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Sha. That is very kind of you. I get bits and pieces for ideas then try and push them into something people may enjoy reading.

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      Shannon 12 months ago from Texas

      Lonely, forlorn, apprehensive. . .hopeful.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello shanmarie - thanks for the visit this afternoon.

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Great title and that's what drew me in. You never know what's coming next when you're drifting at sea....

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann - Just a poetic offering. One best read late at night. Thanks for the visit.

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