Romance Poetry posted February 5, 2015


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Sailing

by mfowler

We met on shore but lived in water world.
Our love of sailing bound to sea and mast.
The compass set to love, romance unfurled,
as passions grew, our future's die was cast.
 
When Jenny laughed and threw her hair to breeze,
a smile so joyous spread across her face.
She'd grin, I'd wink, the signs, our private tease,
for she and I were one in time and place.
 
But, love alone can't quell the dangerous storm.
When cancer calls, the victim's heart is left.
The cells that kill, steal anything that's warm,
and leave the living wondering why - bereft.
 
O, Jen, our path was smooth on millpond seas,
til fate's tack turned us three sixty degrees.

Six years alone I've steered my course by stars.
Performed an aimless dance with froth and foam,
 Escaping life, its futile pain and scars.
The ocean swell and salted sky my home.
 
By day, I lean into the wind, to feel
some thing akin to life no longer numb.
I hear her voice like siren's under keel,
as she calls me to love her - to succumb.
 
But, ocean life has taught me how to ride
the troughs and peaks through constant waves of grief.
A dose of beauty daily on the tides,
reminds me life is sweet and cruel and brief.
 
A pod of dolphins frolic into view.
I feel their joy; I give my thanks for you.


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