Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A story

The pirate is bitter and sharp.
She has learned
to keep her worries close,
another layer of skin,
a tough pomelo’s rind.
Without tears
she holds her sister’s hand and the girl bleeds
and cries out, then silently
fights the high fear of infection.
This is how it is
with pirates.
The boat sways and rocks, her path
predictable as a wide-sea storm, sails swollen
with air and rain
and the flag
the jolly flag
is tucked
away
out of sight.

Rachel Westfall
January 13, 2010

12 comments:

christopher said...

Making My Choice

You convince me, love.

I shall choose this very day
to return to dream
though dream may turn drab
because I like the quickness
of all the changes,
and do not mind how
sense is razored, sacrificed
in the dark wildness

of my fishy brain.

Rick said...

Rach- "this is how it is with pirates" Aghr! like it. Wish I was so tough. My tears come easy and not so silent. ~rick

catvibe said...

Stoic. Strong? Or numb...
The pirate cuts and slices,
Rose hearts on the ground.

namingconstellations said...

Damn. This pierces straight to the heart. I love the glimpses of this Story, and your choice of pirates and pomelos and sisters... the little details make it real.

holly said...

Yes, Rachel, a bit of a painful truth: "fights the high fear of infection." I miss your words. I've been away too long.

Rob-bear said...

Pirates don't always have to be pirates all the time. They can tuck the Jolly Roger away once in a while, and just sail.

Fireblossom said...

Take the sail down in a storm, silly.

The way ahead may be hard to chart, but being a pirate is still the life. While others tread the same earthy path day in and day out, anything may happen in a pirate's life.

Terresa said...

Pomelos, I like it here. Well done!

Poetikat said...

I wrote a poem on the subject, once, Rachel—from the other side. This is so powerful. I don't know what to say, really.

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Sandl inept, me...
been following for a while now but hadn't updated my reading sidebar.

So corrected c'est soir, Lady Rachael...

Slainte!

Cygnus

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

And can't spell "sadly", sadly. Or 'sandl', as the case may be...hee!

Cat said...

It is a mini story that I want more of!