Sunday, May 15, 2011


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,



painting ripples in the sand,

shadows of today.

An anchor

locking on the shore,


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.


  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.

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

  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.

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

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

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

  7. Untether the dreamer! Wonderful poetry.

  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!

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

  10. Dreamers need tethering! LOL

  11. love the last verse. great poem

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

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    you rock.