Sunday, May 15, 2011

Anchor

Photo by UK photographer, Fee Easton

There you are

on that little boat

working hard

as always,

even on your days of rest,

moving towards a goal.


Like the wind

blowing soft on clouds,

coloring

horizons,

painting ripples in the sand,

shadows of today.


An anchor

locking on the shore,

tethering

the dreamer

to a sea wall at land’s end,

warding off the tides.



See other poems inspired by Fee Easton's beautiful photograph at
One Stop Poetry's One Shoot Sunday.


18 comments:

  1. Swift flow in concise lines with natural imagery—well suited to the prompt. I also sense an undercurrent of determination, which seemed intriguing and well expressed through descriptions of wind and the dreamer. Excellent challenge piece.

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  2. cut the anchor line...lets go....smiles.

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  3. I loved the sense of witness in this, I imagined the narrator commentating on their subject without the subject's knowledge. Reminded me of a tender film scene, an aside or soliloquy, where a truth is revealed, possibly unrequited Excellent, thought-provoking response to the same prompt I used. Great job.

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  4. lovely poem, Ann. I thought these were very evocative photos. xxxj

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  5. Lovely fluid poem Ann - I love [but then again maybe I don't] the idea of tethering a dreamer to a sea wall :)

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  6. You have captured the mood of this photo so well with your ripple of words at low tide.

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  7. Untether the dreamer! Wonderful poetry.

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  8. Anchored boats evoke such tranquility! But as a boatie, I connect with the bit that expresses the never ending need for maintenance! Right now, it is raining here aboard. Yesterday, I removed a sail track to clean up rust. So it will be off for a few days. Of ocurse the bolt holes through the deck are open, aren't they! No tranquillity here!

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  9. Lovely. You captured the mood with beautiful words.

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  10. Dreamers need tethering! LOL

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  11. love the last verse. great poem

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  12. So many thanks again to all:
    @Dustus - yes always the undercurrent for sure, but "determination" surprises me. Fascinating what a reader sees, a study in itself I think (as my seeing the results of a morphine drip in your One Shoot)
    @Brian - I'm smiling too. I'm only brave behind my window in blogland. "Oh,wouldn't it be loverly?" No, I'm old enough to know that's only in the movies.
    @Arron - Yes, I appreciate the time I notice you take on all the blogs where I read your sensitive/intuitive analysis. I'm sure a writing group, where one can discuss motivation and expression, would be fun.
    @ Jen - I loved the choices, Easton's photography is wonderful. Your "Psalm for the Body" was exquisite.
    @ Fireblossom - Thanks for your indulgence. I feel my old lady pace must bore you to tears. I read your work and am at a loss to comment on areas of culture and life about which I haven't a clue, such as the modern interest in vampires. I read your poem yesterday three times and felt too clutzy to say anything substantive. I so look forward to reading your witty quips on others' blogs. I laugh out loud at times. Keep it up and thanks so much for visiting here.
    @ Steve - I love (but then again maybe I don't) the idea of floating away as well. Just a fun poetic possibility.
    @Hmmm, high maintenance, some would relate to your assessment if I were a boat :)
    @ayala - Mood is so important to me when I write.I am so prone to intellectualize which negatively influences mood I think.
    @Jinksy - You are right again, I hate to admit ---sigh--- :)
    @Isabel - makes me wish for a conversation with you about why you like the last verse :) Thanks for following. I love your work.

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  13. I get this poem as the dreamer's anchor -- without the rigor of the verses' woven hemp, everything would drift away. - Brendan

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  14. You are making this form ring with your own voice, Ann. I like very much the way you've employed it here, and the light ripples the lines make in a vast sea of symbols seem somehow more worthy of notice and reflection than heavier, more dramatic crashing tides.

    Thanks also for your insightful comments at my place.

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  15. Thanks Brendan,
    I find the reader's thoughts on a poem fascinating. How much is due to a kind of deliberate vagueness on the writer's part and how much to the bias of the reader? Actually, the verses are more of an antidote to the anchor I embrace by choice.

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  16. Thank you Joy,
    I do love this shadorma form, it's about the closest I've been able to come to free verse, because of the brevity I think.

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  17. your words splash and speak.
    stunning imagery ...

    check out bluebell short story slam and make a contribution today.

    you rock.

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