Ship on the Horizon [Sonnet]

You see that one ship out on the horizon,
and feel that unique tang of loneliness.
There's far, far too much blank sea to thrive in,
and all the makings for keen ghostliness.

That boat will soon be passing beyond sight,
and maybe it will falter, maybe sink.
The sea has created a million plights,
and hazards there will honor no strict brinks.

In Shakespeare, ships are lost, often as not.
See: "Tempest," "Merchant," "Pericles,” and so on.
Perhaps, you'll say that today isn't so fraught
with maritime menace and sea demons.

Why more vexed than those who keep ships running?
'Cause sailors will never, ever, see it coming.

Sea Watch [Free Verse]

She sat on the shore
 and watched the sea.

She watched the sea
 so intently, and for so long,
  that she could see the tides rise.

She could discern 
 that gradual shift
  from among the undulations
   & sea state changes.

But she was seeking a ship
 that would never return.

DAILY PHOTO: Boats of the Dubai Museum

Taken in May of 2016 in Dubai

Taken in May of 2016 in Dubai



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Dubai has an interesting museum that charts the Emirate’s history from fishing village to global transshipment megalopolis. As Dubai’s history is maritime, there are no shortage of boats.


DAILY PHOTO: Ship Passing Chinese Fishing Nets

Taken on July 7, 2014 in Kochi

Taken on July 7, 2014 in Kochi

At the harbor at Fort Kochi, where ships enter the Arabian Sea, there are old Chinese Fishing Nets lining the coast. The nets don’t yield many fish in this area, but exist more as a tourist attraction. The fixed, lever-lowered nets were actually introduced by the Portuguese–albeit Portuguese who had spent time in southern China (i.e. Macau.)

The port at Kochi (Cochin) is one of India’s major transportation hubs (11th largest by tonnage and 8th largest by number of containers.) In addition to modern products, the port still handles a lot of the spice that made Kochi an important center of trade since ancient times.

The channel has to be dredged to keep a clear path for the large number of ships transiting in and out of port.