(I wrote this last January when Nana and Captain Will were on their sailing travels, I was looking at the picture they posted on OS and wrote this, I included some comments from Kim and James. In the tradition of our threads and calls and answers we had over the years as a response to the Captain's Star over the Mast for Kim)
Over your shoulder I see the world
in the blue, in the whitecaps
in the half of your face
and spell of the sway
under my hips of the night sea
the Magellan stars above
our future, at your fingertips
hold us on the fetch
let us go
on that peaceful sea
the trough, the crest
and the stationary point
all silent under the Captain's gaze
the first mate's eye and
the deep deep under.
(The Southern Cross is visible in the southern hemisphere. The Southern Cross is a symbol on the flag of Australia. Sailors have used it as a navigation marker in the night sky )
"rita... Orion was there every night of course, more clearly it seemed, once we got out of Georgian waters, or maybe it was just the skin bracing "polar vortex" that kept me from appreciating it! Then, once past Florida and through the Bahamas, north and east of Turks and Caicos, and north of the Dominican Republic the sky just seemed to burst open with stars. Nana has I don't know how many thousands of images of those days and nights. clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick. Once well south of the Tropic of Cancer one of my favorites, Corvus (The Crow) started to fly... and one memorable night The Southern Cross floated up from the earth's rim to join the rest of the glittering cloisonné in the heavens. revelator days and nights... those were."
JANUARY 25, 2015 11:16 PM
Circumnavigation is something i always wanted to do, if i could find the time. Not just navigation, but circum.
James M. Emmerling
JANUARY 25, 2015 01:21 AM
Celestial souls, sail on. Many friends here, many departed. These guys are in my dreams. Such a beautiful poem.
I visit here lately and wonder at the shallows, wonder and long for the deep. Sometimes when they ( and you ) put it down it gives me pause, like an excellent brandy. Why so many don't get it will remain a mystery, which I guess is what we're here for.
To try and understand the Other ...
JANUARY 25, 2015 01:34 AM