Christopher Columbus Knew About the Sea – One A Week 2020

I am privileged to have had this poem published in the literary journal Acumen – comments and interpretations would be great – thank you for reading on …

Christopher Columbus Knew About the Sea

How amazing it is,
the way it waits
to take you places
you’ve never been.

One night you and I
walked on a beach
and I got cold feet.
You let me go,
but when we parted
you travelled
with me in my head
and I couldn’t push
you overboard.

Next time we met
we opened an atlas
and dug out a compass,
but we tore at the maps
and hurt the compass
to silvery dust.

When we found our balance
you showed your rope skills
and I saw how bonds are made.
At night in my sleep you
and I untie tens of knots
and get away on the sail
of each other’s lives.

If my dream comes real
you’ll navigate
by the stars,
keep us safe,
guide us through
the scariest waters
the weirdest seas.

I know you’ll try
your very best
not to let go the sextant
from your gentle hands,
but what if it slips
and I stand helpless
as it falls, watch
it float for a moment,
then disappear?


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