Monday, 18 October 2010

All at Sea

My internal boat has been rocked,
it rolls unsteady on unseen waves
as tempestuous feelings churn up
that black ocean, salt water, deep
and choppy and my fragile boat
feels like paper, as it is tossed and
buffeted like flotsam in the swell.
Acutely aware that I have no life
jacket, I cling on to this fragile vessel,
never built for storms such as these,
it crumbles and splinters in my hands.
I lay low in the hull, sea blind eyes closed,
howling with the wind, surfing the surges and
as the storm rages on, I drop anchor and I wait.

- Susannah Bec 2010


Templeton's fury said...

susannah, great imagery! this reminds me of what a dear friend told me once: "when you don't know what to do, sometimes it's best to do nothing at all." how we want to fix and control everything--sometimes all we can do is hang on.

Fireblossom said...

I know it's a metaphor, but you sure evoked the floundering at sea! I'm sitting here stamping my feet beneath my desk to make sure I'm really on solid ground and not tossing on old briney.

We can feel like we are drowning in emotions too, can't we? I know I can.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, Susannah, how feels the tempest, the waves, the brine........SO well done! Wonderfully written.

Anonymous said...

I like the new layout of blog. I love the intensity of this and it relates well to the ocean the last line "I drop the anchor and wait" is pretty amazing.

Eye-shuh said...

amazing :) I love the picture and feel. Nice!

Maya said...

paperboats on the ocean of life... yes... sometimes the internal boat gets rocked on tempestuous seas... at those times the calm face of the ocean seems but a fantasy...

btw, my maaya-jaal blog seems to be compromised... i am not sure whether only i am facing the prob or even others are...

i have decided to start anew and the new URL is

Susannah said...

Templeton's fury - I agree with what you friend said, wise words indeed.
Thanks for visiting, it is good to see you again. :-)

Fireblossom, I hope you didn't get too splashed with seaspray reading my words. (*chucks a towel in your direction*) ;-) and yes, I agree with you about emotions! Good to see you, thanks for reading. :-)

Sherry, thank you, it is always great to see you here. :-)

Hello Ladan, I'm glad you like the new layout. Good to see you and thanks for the comment. :-)

Eye-Shu, thanks, it's nice to see you again. :-)

Maya, good to see you. Sorry to hear about Mayajaal ;-( but I have bookmarked your new blog and will be over to see you there. :-)

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read and leave a comment, as always it is much appreciated.

Susannah :-)

Aging Mommy said...

This is fabulous too, the words and imagery are perfect.

Jinksy said...

Dropping anchor is sometimes the best way to weather a storm, especially those of an emotional kind...

Michaela said...

I can feel it, I really can feel it!

Jingle said...

Happy Halloween to you.
Hope to see you at our poetry potluck Halloween party tonight. Post a poem on Halloween, or share an old poem unrelated to the theme, link in as soon as we are open, that’s how you get the best result of feedback.
Feel free to take any awards from this post, enjoy!

I wish you well.
hope to see you in tonight.

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