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Poem: Lost at Sea


“Mr. Howland overboard Oars were thrown
then and waste boat cleared away…
he went down before we could get to him.”

—Logbook, 12/1/1881, Charles W. Morgan

the beige smooth of driftwood
outstretched as though reaching still
toward fractured waves curling
onto a fog-laden
shore cold light
reflects off the small glass
bud vase rose-less
in this winter’s dusk

the whaleman’s cup
long empty a dented tin haven
brimmed with gossamer
cobwebs tilted on its side handle
to the splintered table top like an ear
listening for the cries of gulls

Image Credits: Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

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