This Holy Vessel
This holy vessel now in decay-
The shell cracked, withering.
Paint peeling, boards warped.
It’s sailing days gone. Beached now-
Bleached and rotting in the storm’s spray.
I see its bolder brash days.
Sails full, catching the wind,
Riding the rough waters.
Strong masts unbreakable-
Now bent, broken, gone.
Strewn upon the shore
Are memories of youthful journeys.
No longer able to navigate
The vast ocean seeking adventure.
Do not look with pity upon these bleached bones.
They sing of joyful times-a life well lived and loved.
There is a spirit still residing here,
Inspired and still inspiring.
Strong of will even as each wave takes a bit more with it.
A holy vessel now unconfined,
Free to travel the oceans, the heavens and reach the stars.
© Donna Donabella 2015
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might have noticed that I do write and group prose and poems around the same topic. And this poem is a culminating piece to my other posts where I have been contemplating about aging….my aging, my mom’s and big changes in life in general.
I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog. Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.
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Special Note: The pictures here are of my mom at different stages of her life. The first picture, is the one I call “The Women”. My mom is in the center (at her engagement party), and is surrounded by her sisters on the left, and my dad’s mother and aunts on the right.
In the collage you can see her when she is near 60 (around my age) with my dad, as a three year old with her sisters, and then as a high school graduate. The picture at the bottom is when she was about 9 yrs old at her First Communion.
I leave you with a few words additional words about aging. I welcome you to download the photo and share it.
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