Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sailing the Ocean Blue

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A turbulent breeze smothers her canvas sails
Grazing her maple mast with a sugary kiss
Pushing her along, forward in raucous bliss
Forlorn for the open sea, held with sturdy nails
Her shiny surface glistening in foamy trails.
The salty air, a smell you couldn't miss
When her oars splashed with a delicate hiss
That tickles the ear like a siren's gales.

The sun's rays glimmer warmth upon the ocean –
Like a million stars flickering in my eyes,
She rides hurricanes with such elegant motion
Slipping up and down the waves under moonlit skies
With constellations guiding her and the boatman

To the precious buried treasure, a golden prize.  


Here is an Italian sonnet for all of my fellow poetry enthusiasts. I would have written it in actual Italian if I knew how to. Thought about using Google Translate, but then remembered that it doesn't translate correctly. If you know anyone that can translate this to Italian please send them my way. Enjoy! 

40 comments:

  1. i was born in the wrong age...the adventure of riding and ocean going sailed vessel is so romanticized in my mind...dangerous for sure....but i would love it...until the ship sank...that would be a bummer....i have no dream of becoming the buried treasure...ha....nice job on the form...

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    1. This is why growing up with books is such a wonderful inspiration for me because I get to relive those romanticized moments every day. All it takes is the flip of a page to be awed within a moment of adventure.

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  2. I can feel the joy of being in a vessel riding the waves like that.. somehow at least afterwards it seems so much better than within the hurricane.

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    1. The hurricane is half the battle. It is the storm that worries me.

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  3. I really like this, Kenn...especially the million stars flickering in your eyes, and the constellations guiding the boatman.

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    1. You really are a star gazer aren't you Sherry.

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  4. Excellent form, Kenn. I admire a person who works out their thoughts in such a complex form. I feel the joy, as well as the challenge of, sailing in this poem!

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    1. It is even more insightful when the experience of challenging one's self prepares them for a wonderful writing experience.

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  5. Great use of the form. I like forms but find them hard to write. I liked the sea imagery that pervades your poem, Ken, and how it contributes to the energy I can feel in your words.

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    1. I normally write freely, but I've been trying out some forms lately. Trying to get a taste for something different.

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  6. specially like this line: She rides hurricanes with such elegant motion -

    A sonnet is very challenging to do ~ Kudos to you for pulling this off ~

    Grace

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    1. I actually find that a sonnet is easier than it may appear. It is officially one of my favorite types of poems. This one in particular was driven by passion as its emotion.

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  7. ah... you took us to high seas in a lovely way... thanks again for making me smile... as for writing form... they are like a puzzle if you have the time... real feeling of accomplishment

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    1. I'm happy to have made you smile. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Luv the drift between reality and fantasy, not every one can steer that course, well done

    Have a nice Sunday

    Much love...

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    1. Thank you Gill! I've always been good at weaving reality with fantasy, mostly because of my devout mind of creativity and being raised off from adventure books. Not to mention my passion for tabletop role-playing games.

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  9. This is so romantic and dreamy ~ great job with the Italian sonnet ~ it flows beautifully :)

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    1. Thank you Loredana! I'm happy that it was pleasing to you. :)

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    1. Romance was definitely the theme here.

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  11. This is a wonderful Petrarchan sonnet in free meter and the rhyming just flows easily & naturally. My very first introduction to poetry was in the strict form of sonnets & haiku thus my first poem were written in either forms but mostly following Shakespearre's sonnet. It was only recently that I've come to decide that I'd like free verse more in representing my voice. But, classics would always be my first love. Thanks for the poem that reminded me of how I started in poetry.

    - ksm

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    1. That sounds like an amazing place to start. I personally started with free verse, and took a seminar that taught me all the traditional ways of writing poetry. I have a great appreciation for both, but I usually write in free verse. Occasionally I will challenge myself to write traditionally. It is really nice to hear from a like minded individual. Thank you for stopping by.

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    1. Thank you Natasa, she truly is a beauty. :)

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  13. i am not sure if i can survive the wave motion but if i am with the one i love i think i will.

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    1. Motion sickness? Yeah, I can understand that. It is amazing the sacrifices a person will make for their loved one.

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  14. Fine to be transformed with the boat from forlorn to delighted, like a child running in play.

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    1. Definitely a different take on this poem Susan, and I can see what you are talking about.

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  15. Good use of the sonnet form. I used to sail a lot when I was younger. Night sailing on Sydney Harbour is an amazing experience.

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    1. I bet the greatest experience of sailing was during the rising sun. All the colors seem to blend in with the ocean, and the glimmering lights reflecting off from the surface is a sight for sure.

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  16. A real sensual piece...flowed beautifully

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    1. Thanks Jae! Flowing was definitely part of this I think.

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    1. Thanks Ollie! I was inspired by the old adventure novels I read when I was younger, and then kind of mixed that with a romantic sonnet.

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  18. Have only ever been a fisherman in a wooden rowboat, but you pulled me into your well envisioned and executed love affair with the vessel and the sea. Well-woven write,

    Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! It was really fun writing it because it reminded me of a lot of good times of past love. Pretty much was my wishful thinking all wrapped up.

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  19. Awesome form. Your beautiful words transport the reader.

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  20. Thanks Wendy, it is my joy to help transport my readers into what I'm writing.

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  21. Riding on a boat is exhilarating but not in stormy weather. Had a catamaran ride once. It was heavenly as the wind brushed hard on the cheeks. Great lines Kenn!

    Hank

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    1. Thanks for the comment Hank! I appreciate you appreciating my poem, and I bet that catamaran ride was really something else.

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All comments would be appreciated.