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I Shall Grow

17 Mar

Ron's Sailboat

 

 

     I went out on the deck—felt the wind before the jibe caught the blow of a vengeful breeze. The keel visibly surfaced two feet below foaming water, in awkward lean. Water marks on the board, as visible as eye could see—  Oh shit! I braced myself against the rail leaning on tippy-toes in the opposite direction.

     I went below. I rocked, and balanced myself with each swell before the waves, catching myself with arms extended against the polished teak walls in the bow;

     I recognized, remembering the keel’s markings— of my life and against the rail, being driven across the reef of tomorrow.

 

I shall grow old— as sea mist foams in after life

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13 Comments

Posted by on March 17, 2016 in Haibun Poetry, Haiku, Nature, New Hampshire, Poetry, Zen

 

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13 responses to “I Shall Grow

  1. Thotpurge

    March 17, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Stormy seas.. a metaphor for life!

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  2. Sanaa Rizvi

    March 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Beautifully put 🙂

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  3. Grace

    March 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I like the keel’s markings ~ Thanks for joining us ZQ ~

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  4. Truedessa

    March 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    oh, I loved the last part…

    I recognized, remembering the keel’s markings— of my life and against the rail, being driven across the reef of tomorrow.

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  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    March 18, 2016 at 4:12 am

    This is something that could be out of Hemingway, and yet also a metaphor itself… we are indeed travelers on sea.

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  6. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com

    March 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Delightful haibun

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  7. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)

    March 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I recognized, remembering the keel’s markings—
    of my life and against the rail

    The sea can take an unsuspecting turn. One has to be prepared in reading the tell-tale signs. Very true ZQ!

    Hank

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  8. Gay Reiser Cannon

    March 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    A nautical haibun – a metaphor for the rolls and rides of life – the vicissitudes of wind and water.

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  9. scotthastiepoet

    March 19, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Great Hank, the last towlines really hit he spot here and punch through – powerful writing…

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  10. Bryan Ens

    March 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Great metaphor for the storms of life.

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  11. Hannah Gosselin

    March 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    So much wisdom can be gained in all of the activities we pursue in life…your last three lines work so well to bring this piece deeper. Well done!

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  12. Sherry Marr

    March 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    How beautiful the words- “being driven across the reef of tomorrow.”

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  13. Carrie Van Horn

    March 21, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Wonderful metaphor here ZQ ! 🙂

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