To Sail the Sky
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* For Mary Kathleen Lessard Caithness *
Cast tie-lines to the shadowy depths above
A meteor to sink into the ocean of suns
Kick off, tally-ho! From the pier of known
A scoundrel's nod to the skull and bone
Vast skies uncharted now beckon ahead
A dusk of dreams splashed yellow and red
Naught but astounding, the adventures be
An endless sojourn 'cross a sparkling sea
The sky-palette waits for a score of tales
Come a warm solar wind to fill the sails
All worries and why's now, abaft the beam!
Set due our course for a foolish dream!
A celestial tempest to bend the jack
To his tasking a-hold the kicking strap
Stem the tide, aye, mind the moonbeam drift
Spread her wings wide and give her lift
The sextant's now set to the Milky Way
We'll grave her clean on a windless day)
To port side, a wink from the Seven Sisters
Off starboard, the gleam of nebulous vistas
We sunder the clouds with our wake of mist
Now dark matter deep and Heaven-kissed
Tossed by the waves in a sea of night
We gasp for the void, yet we drown in light
Our spirits denuded and paean-versed
We dare constellations to do their worst
For now we all pull to the task at hand
To chart the expanse of a boundless land
At the bidding and mercy of a rapturous breeze
A prayer for fair winds and following seas
'Til our hearts are full and our marrow torn
And we drop our anchor there, worry-worn
On the sands of time, we'll commend our dance
And return our dust ... to the great expanse.
~ 1st Place ~ in the "Sky" Poetry Contest, Anthony Slausen, Sponsor.
~ 1st Place ~ in the "Best Rhyming Poem 2018" Poetry Contest, John Hamilton, Sponsor.
~ Poem of the Day ~ at Poetry Soup.com, awarded February 1, 2018.
Copyright © Gregory R Barden | Year Posted 2018
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