Deep blue waters rush underneath

her prow, sails whipped and torn

in harsh, billowing windstorms

an angry tempest of clouds

beneath a white-hot, full moon

a sudden shift, bone-chilling cold breaking through

the breathless heat of a piercing sun.

Frothy waves violently rocking her hull

stern stabbing into sharp black rocks below

ripping her underbelly, tearing apart

her flesh, exposing her splintered insides

shattered pieces of raw timber torn from her deck.

They float among the smooth pink seashells

like so many footprints

fading away

memories sinking to rest

on the dark ocean floor

eventually, her raw debris

washing up onto shore

with the tide.

img_7439_40_41ac+Written in response to the prompt over @Toads, a-sailing-we-will-go.

Copyright June 27 2016 Stacie Eirich 

Author: seirich

I'm a mother, writer & dreamer living north of New Orleans, La. I love writing, music, theater, travel and my family. I've written and published four books of poetry and a children's fantasy series: The Dream Chronicles. I'm now working on a third children's novel.

7 thoughts on “Shipwreck”

  1. Thanks for your response Stacie. Nature writes her share of unkindness leaving sculptured sadness for all to see in the light of days.

    Much love…

  2. You have captured well the power and fury of the ocean in storm, and the shipwrecks of old. Our west coast has a history of some of those old ships, that came apart, and eventually washed up on shore…….

  3. I liked reading this, Stacie. I felt that I was there.
    It also reminded me of a couple of items.
    First came to mind Paul, in the book of Acts in the Bible. Of how he and the crew members endured and survived their shipwreck off the shores of Malta.
    Also it reminded me of the Greek ship on which we had our 1980 Mediterranean Cruise. It was the Oceanos, a small ship. In the 90’s the Oceanos sank off the southeast coast of Africa. The crew abandoned ship but the South African Air Force rescued every passenger by helicopter.
    Google “Oceanos ship sinking” to find videos now on YouTube.

  4. I love the personification of the ship… I can almost feel her pain when the rocks rip her belly apart.. wonderful and harsh way of presenting it..

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