fluid autonomy

May 23, 2013
By SailingNick BRONZE, Coarsegold, California
SailingNick BRONZE, Coarsegold, California
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Favorite Quote:
Do it right the first time, then make it better.

desiccating heat hangs o'er
fields shimmering brown,
saline beads slide down
our brows, with flesh
itching, begging for
reprieve, we wait.
patience finally rewarded,
crunching gravel and
scorched pavement
stench steals in...
burning wind
rushes past
hills still brown, dotted
with spots of green...
smell of salt in the
air, oft sensed
now, is our
azure goal
finally, the horizon spotted,
white triangle littered, our
anticipation barely able
to be contained, we
ease backward,
the cool water
caresses us.
released from steely grip
we drift backward, and
then, sputtering softly,
stealing past rows
of our achromatic
brethren, tasting
brackish air.
we spread our wings,
unfurled against the
cerulean and white
tapestry that is our
secret haven, an
escape from our

we are home.

The author's comments:
The summers are very hot in central California. This poem expresses my relief when my family and I hook up our 26-foot sailboat and drive to the coast to go sailing in the summer.

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