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battle at high seas

We are strengthened by imagination
sufficient to release a narrative suspended
from great heights to shatter at feet
kicking stones madly across continents.

We are shattered by hopes too vast
to contain in vessels paltrified by ego
and bleak histories that splinter the seams
of the well-intended like cheaply built arks.

We are scattered by indifference
to mysteries whose clues refuse to stand
still long enough for us to fire pot shots
at what appears to be unrepenting will.

We are gathered by scope of tasks
imagined and individual into watertight
vessels large enough for one with
will sufficient to master the highest seas.


© Elaine Stirling, 2013
Image: woodblock of the Sino-Japanese war
(1894-95) from Throwing off Asia II