Unfinished Poem: ‘1752’

*Its been a while, but here is the next stanza to my poem ‘1752’. I’ve really enjoyed the process of comparing the Benjamin Franklin’s kite to the sail of a boat. (It has started to become even more exciting because I’ve recently learned how to sail). I’m looking to write one more stanza for this poem here in the near future so keep a look out, and feel free to let me know what you think so far… Anyway, here is the new stanza:

The travelers eager eyes,
Dissect the Ocean’s spine
– Dismember seas and skies –
Then Reform and analyze
The scarred, discolored, line
Where the peaks of vertebra rise.

This is the entire poem so far:

’1752′ 

I will hold you through the night
Through the storm and through the rain
Like Franklin’s dampened kite
Caught suspended high in flight
Far above the flooded plain

Where the clap and thunder merge
And sparks of lightning sail
To filter, cleanse, and purge
With a scattered static surge
And a fierce rebuking gale

Those traversing the expanse
– With their canvas open wide
And their gaff set like a lance,
For a bloody medieval dance –
Determined to abide

Jibing quick around the moon
And tacking to and fro.
The vessel mounts the cloudy dune,
Trims its sail, and hopes that soon
The sight of land would show.

With the hull beneath his feet
And the sheet-line in his grip
Benjamin guides his battered fleet;
The remnant storms could not defeat:
His brave and cloistered ship

The travelers eager eyes,
Dissect the Ocean’s spine
– Dismember seas and skies –
Then Reform and analyze
The scarred, discolored, line
Where the peaks of vertebra rise.

© Jeremiah Dowling 2012

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2 responses to “Unfinished Poem: ‘1752’”

  1. boosharesnews says :

    I LOVE this! LOVE it

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