I am also pleased to share a poem by Patsy Middleton: The Sea And The City. The poem examines the difference between our passions, which excite and motivate us, and our anchors, which fill us with nostalgia and a sense of belonging. She does this through the perspective of a sailor coming into port. As much as he will miss the excitement and pull of the ocean waves, he is thrilled to be back among the busy city he calls home. I wonder, can you identify which of your great loves and interests — be they people, places or things — are passions and which are anchors?
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Dan (Associate Editor)
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The Sea And The City by Patsy Middleton
Wind whistling in the rigging and waves lapping: a symphony exciting him.
The spray stings his face: it is the sea’s rough kiss.
The sea is his lover.
His ship creaks as she docks in the port. He breathes the city’s air.
The sounds, the smells and the feel of the city greet him.
The clop and jingle of the harness as wheels trundle over cobbles mingle with street sellers’ cries.
The sea was a wonder when he met her: vast, dangerous, powerful.
He was born in the city; its vibrant buzz enfolds him now. He is home.
She is his mother.
(C) Patsy Middleton, 2020
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