Julie A Smith

Rookie - 203 Points (Illinois)

The Sailboat - Poem by Julie A Smith

He calmly glides over the waters.
Serene. Picturesque. Harmonious.
He loves the water.
It is his playground.
He is like a child.
The ocean inspires him
with depth
and promise
and it soothes
his chiseled features
and rough edges
as it accepts him
with strength
and fortitude.
He can be
who he was meant to be
and explore
what he was meant
to explore.
The ocean has
a calming presence on him.
He is a sailboat
with a big white billowing sail
and dreams
vast and wide
of many ocean adventures.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I saw a picture of a sailboat that inspired me to write a poem about a sailboat and the ocean utilizing personification. First, I wrote this poem with the sailboat as a 'she', but then felt inspired to change the sailboat to a 'he.' Sometimes I am more led to write poems favoring the feminine voice (as a woman writer) , so to flip the gender around caused the poem to read very differently. Quite interesting.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 16, 2013

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