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Off Starboard

Horizon is illusory.
White sails appear across the morning watch,
are lost at noon,
and sighted once again at vespers 
when the antiphon is sung.              

Beneath them at the rail
another sailor over there
may share the vision,
half of fantasy that I exist
and half in brotherhood of faith
in mythic splendor of mirage.

and there am I
when sails and sky 
reflect the blooded sun
as I linger on the deck, yet blest,
my restive fingers touch 
the talisman around my neck
while he in supplication to a headless God 
beneath the little guillotine
suspended on his chest,
would be content to marvel 
that a lordly mendicant like mine
could stretch his body on a yoke of wood
and die like that.

Copyright © Robert Ludden

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