The Wind or the Sea?

What does a ship love more –
the wind or the sea?
One supports it from below,
one fuels its journey

The sea caresses its hull
sometimes rough, others smooth
Playfully it tosses its lover
and catches her in its grooves

The splash of wood against the wet
punctuates each swishing stroke
The spray of the ocean waves
covers everything with its soak

What does a ship love more –
the wind or the sea?
One is the breath in its lungs,
one’s its heart’s beat.

The wind kisses its sails;
a gentle brush
forms a legendry embrace.

It fills its lover
with its heart and soul
giving it breath, giving it chase

The cool gust rushes up fast
hugging the mast with
a tingling grip.

Full sails
carry on towards heaven
an endless voyage,
an endless ship…

what does a ship love more –
the wind or the sea?

A lullaby sung by Prieh Lal, Queen of Saymudin, to her infant, Princess Yamida, whose terrible fever threatened her life.

© Rylan Skelly, August 2017


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!

a kiss to start the morning off Songs of Herta Verse

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I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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