napowrimo number five

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For Your Safety, Please Extinguish All Flames While On Board the Vessel

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Just ahead of our ferry boat
a second vessel bends to pass us.

If water craft could make love
this would not be the prelude–

the wrapping of arms around thick necks
the rising tide of moist lips meeting.

Without a cable to guide our motion
we would rock and thrash until both

ships split wide open, spilling their cargo
into the furious blue-black passion below

(waters we were hoping to avoid). Like us
the ferries are engine-driven. We move

without moving, pleased for the glad-handing
from one shore to the next. The ferries are spooning

molding to fit the other’s form, the end always in sight.

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2 responses »

  1. this is a bit of a different voice (though i still hear you), and i like the shift — it works well for this piece! i really like:

    “Without a cable to guide our motion
    we would rock and thrash until both

    ships split wide open,”

  2. And I really liked:

    without moving, pleased for the glad-handing
    from one shore to the next. The ferries are spooning

    molding to fit the other’s form, the end always in sight.

    Wonderful metaphor for a certain type of marriage, I think. Or one in a certain phase. Y’know?

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