Ships of Joys and Sorrow

Odilon Redon, “Flower Clouds

Ship of Joys and Sorrow

We sail a boat beneath a sunny sky,
or drift under the moon, a strange wild song
of wind and wave, and light that asks us why
we sail—from whence–our hearts long to belong.
In lays of sorrow, then in joy, along
a pulse, a strum, gull-winged into the blue
of surf and clouds, joined by star-chirps, old song
blue-shifted, ancient-voiced, spin-drifted true–
the song of dreams, just glimpsed, but named, they sigh
in flutter flashed bright–hope, a dragonfly.

I’ve combined two dVerse prompts for this poem:

from Tuesday’s dVerse, using these three Lewis Carroll titles:
A boat beneath a sunny sky, A strange wild song, Lays of sorrow

Today’s dVerse challenge:
“a 10 line stanza poem (more stanzas permitted of this length)
10 syllables per line
rhyme scheme as per the Decuain or free verse if you’d prefer”

49 thoughts on “Ships of Joys and Sorrow

  1. These are the lines that most resonated with me, in part because the rhythm of the words together felt like sailing.

    We sail a boat beneath a sunny sky,
    or drift under the moon, a strange wild song
    of wind and wave, and light that asks us why
    we sail—from whence–our hearts long to belong.

  2. I really like how a good poem starts quietly and then somehow just seems to grow, and takes on all kinds of hues, moods, and literary savours..and ..we come to the little dragonfly, so the poem comes slowly to a halt…very nice..

  3. Wonderful, Merril! You rocked this challenge.
    The painting is perfect for this.
    Seems we all have the same thing in our minds. It is a strange way to be united.

  4. I feel a wonderful merging of both realms in your poem, which is as it should be. Polarities on the fringe don’t feel so cozy as near the warm fire of the center.

  5. Odilon Redon is a great favorite of mine–I love the way he suggests and hints and teases with his understanding of light and shape–all of which I could say about this poem, too–it is delightful, fresh as a breeze off the ocean and full of light and movement.I especially like “light that asks us why we sail..”and the lovely visualization at the finish.

  6. Oh my heart this is absolutely stunning, Merril 😀 I especially love; “In lays of sorrow, then in joy, along a pulse, a strum, gull-winged into the blue of surf and clouds.” ❤️❤️ Thank you so much for writing to the prompt!

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