Thursday, March 25, 2010

sky watch friday #75: shipwrecked

Sky Watch Friday
Adrift on a trackless sea,
Anchorless, rudderless,
Unmasted and floundering.
With neither the energy
Nor the will
To stitch together enough sail
To hobble to a safe anchorage.

I sailed right into the teeth of the storm,
Eyes wide open.
Unflinching. Dauntless.
Trusting that my ship was
The equal of the gale
Never doubting
That I would reach the far shore.
Here and now
I wonder. I doubt.
I follow the line
On the map that brought me here
And question everything
I thought I knew.
Maps don't tell the full story.

This image and poem -- along with many others -- is featured in my book , available from

About this piece: It's a metaphor that could be applied many things. Read it the way you need to to make it work for you. ;)

About the photo: Taken in North Topsail Beach, NC in July of 2009, and not really related to the poem other than in its nautical theme and mood.

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Aayushi Mehta said...

That pretty much left me speechless! Brilliant work, on both the write and the photo!

Carver said...

Great shot and words. Another good pairing.

Laura Hegfield said...

powerful imagery and poetry....this line really got my attention "I sailed right into the teeth of the storm".

Eaglesbrother said...

Good shot of the Evening on the Coast...great clouds.

Randi said...

Great shot, Mojo. This looks dramatic!
Thanks for your comment - are right...but my pier is much, much longer than yours...*smile*

Manang Kim said...

Awesome shot!! Love it. Happy weekend!

SWF~ Blue sky

Jane said...

Great perspective with the pier, nice black and white. Thanks for sharing Mojo:)

Dewdrop said...

WOW! Powerful shot! Love it in B&W!!!

Ania said...


Diane AZ said...

Beautiful, powerful image. And I like the part of the poem about questioning everything and how maps don't tell the full story.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Very dramatic picture and words that make you think - perfection!

clairz said...

Wonderfully moody photo. Thank you for sharing.

Bill S. said...

What a beautiful moody photo and a wonderful poem. Thanks.

LV said...

Enjoyed seeing your great picture and very nice words.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shot and nice words.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love this B & W image. Powerful.

Anonymous said...

The metaphor indeed reads how I'm feeling.
Nothing tells the full story.

Anonymous said...

Very dramatic photo... And incredible poem. Maps never tell the full story.

Ebie said...

OMG! Those clouds are so dramatic! Your shot is so powerful and intense!

Happy Skywatching!

Tarun Mitra said...

What a wonderful photograph...have a great weekend

Greyscale Territory said...

Love that poem! Maps certainly don't tell the full story and certainly don't accommodate weather moods unless they be solely weather maps riddled with isobars! A great photo beyond the ken of a mere map!

Spiderdama said...

Dramatic, powerfull and great picture!

Halcyon said...

Gorgeous scene. It looks great in black and white. So dramatic!!

Karen said...

What a great shot...very dramatic. Wonderful words as well..

Kcalpesh said...

Beautifully composed! It's an awesome place!

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lisaschaos said...

sign - you're making my head hurt with all my thoughts. lol I need to say how much I enjoy this photo too though! Stormy, angry sky!