[<] [>]  by Kirsten Ireland [*][@][!]

6 August 2011

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Drabble Challenge #63

Prompt: image
When I blink,
the ocean appears,
showing its sunken ships and lost treasures.
With my eyes open,
I gather pixilated images
of the queen herself:
    A vessel like none before her.

In those moments between eye and lid,
fear laps at me.
It is greater than the Greeks believed.
Through satellites and fiber optic cables,
I have begun my work
as topographer,
    delineating a colossal new world.

Will her mast, hull timbers, and rudders
Hold out ,
through the hurricanes and tempests?
Every ship has flaws.
Iím keeping careful vigil over this craft,
its treasure irreplaceable.
    She ferries my heart.




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