The House on the Sea

Some say the Stars laughed
the day she was born.
Creature of pure Fire
called to love the Sea.
The Girl watched Sailors
coming and going
burning to follow
til she Stole Aboard.
“Go play, Stowaway.
You’ll have work enough
tomorrow.” – No Task
could bring her Sorrow.
Low Ceilings – bumped heads –
took her share of lumps.
Swabbed Decks – trimmed the Sails –
fair Price for free Air.
Hungry for novel
Experiences –
She wandered: sailed far
and sailed wide. Drew too
many Pirates to
her side. Lost it All –
made it back – learned
to Always conceal her
Lack. Star-born captain
of a Ship her Own –
Home Enough to be
alone. She made her
name, and jealous Sea
brought Wind and Rain to
collect its Fee. Wrent
the Wood – Cracked its Spine –

the ship goes down.
she will not drown.
she lost this fight.
he keeps the light.

4/17–5/14 /19


The House on the Shore

the seagulls call
the tower’s tall
the ocean wild
his spirit mild.
quiet dreams
the kettle screams
the sun comes up
he fills his cup.
and sweeps the room
without a broom
no fuss or fight—
he keeps the light.
in storm, the glow
will let them know
those seeking docks
find only rocks.
the sun goes down
but none will drown
while darkness prowls
and north wind howls.
the sand is clear
to never hear
another voice—
it’s his own choice.
the sun comes up
he fills his cup
the sun goes down
no one will drown.
the shadows turn
and he will learn
what silence is
to lives like his.

ocean dark and wild.
wrecked and beaten up.
guided to his light.
at the door She Knocks.