Island lines

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Sun’s shard
cleaves
leaves
on boughs
shade
bows

boughs
bow to
bows

boughs
bowed
by leaves
to cleave


branch
and bar
warp
and weft
yard arm


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sail
sewn
to set
sail
to Sunset


staining with shadow
staining a shade
staves shade from shards
shards the staves make

stains of shades


p1080762piles of yarns
plied in braid
to bind and
tend
tense
in strength

coil
cord, line, string and twine
vines
spliced to sheets and halyards
in boatyards
of rope walk and cable length
to hoist
ascending
in company of coir chorus
laid
to rest at foot strand
shrouded
clockwise coiled at kink’s rest

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braid on braid
kernmantled
in endless winds

bond and bind
cordage brigaded
five-year
whipped
’til deadspot’s curse


p1080819Isle tidewrack
from the becalmed azure
charge the shore lines
in bend


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clinker-built and carvel both
fretted supporters on compartments green
timber and metal on colour ground
a potent patchwork
embattled
bent, quartered and crossing
the vert-mantled vessels
batoned and banded
like paths of desire
meandering the wreckage
like daddicky spillikins
dogwatching the nebully waves


corrugated custodians
shield
makings and memories
from violence and view

peephole portholes puncture
to tantalise
as
fertile footfalls
turn stony path to story
and art’s journeyman
reels meaning by the yard

door to door


2 thoughts on “Island lines

  1. These well constructed words and images are totally absorbing. The colours, textures and forms that are represented in picture and prose connect with what I find inspiring in everyday life.
    Thank you
    apennypiece.wordpress.com

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