Any Port in a Storm, poem by Gerry Stefanson at
Kumiko Hawkes - Shizen Photography (Gabriola Island)

Any Port in a Storm


 Any Port in a Storm

written by: Gerry Stefanson



Deck shutters under foot
Lines cast free from dock.
Rigging drawn and bent
Beams and mast strain.

High tides, hope for fair particular Harbours
call out in voices, language for all on board.
The bustle of everything climaxes into the calm
of away under sail, creaks of continuum.

We ‘the bold’ have picked our harbours
full knowing the harbour may pick us.
Weather, fortune and the sea gods
task all mariners.

When the unimaginable sets in,
when all is up for loss.
The optics for safe harbour scale down
subject to the level of fear on board.

Any port is now the destination/terminal.
Wither fair, folly, or only minor destruction.



Passages series photography by Kumiko Hawkes – Shizen Photography

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