Islander For Life

For today’ Poetics Challenge at dVerse Poets, Mish provides us with some famous cinema quotes and invites us to select one & incorporate it into our work. I’ve chosen one (for my closing line) from the 1985 classic JAWS.

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Islander For Life

You’ve known me for years; known
that I’m awash in words; seen me
struggle with the riptide; watched me
try and fail to avoid the poetic undertow.

You’ve combed my beach at midnight
or 2 AM, or 4, only to find me lost
at my keyboard, or journal scribbling.
I’m a windblown, insubstantial sandcastle.

My horizons have shrunk. I’m an isolated,
word-filled hermit, drowning in a sea of
ink on the tiniest of papery wastelands,
a castaway amid jampacked bookcases.

I’d like to leave it all behind; I’ve tried
and tried again. I can’t. You know I can’t.
You can try to rescue me if you must,
but you’re going to need a bigger boat.

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18 thoughts on “Islander For Life

  1. As an islander, I appreciate this poem, Ron, and I love it as a poet who has also struggled with the riptide and the poetic undertow. I love the lines: ‘I’m a windblown, insubstantial sandcastle’ and
    ‘…I’m an isolated,
    word-filled hermit, drowning in a sea of
    ink on the tiniest of papery wastelands,
    a castaway amid jampacked bookcases.’
    I would definitely need a bigger boat.

  2. To any who might think a compulsive poet-at-all-hours needs rescue I extend my drawbridge with an invite to come visit – to experience why I have no desire to be rescued – just ask that you not stay too long unless you too begin writing writing writing …

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