“The Shipwrecked Soul”
Beware the captain
That sails only on smooth waters;
That drops anchor only in safe harbours;
That lets aboard only familiar faces;
That will not brook strong winds or stormy weather;
Whose life, well lived, is a deadly comfort–
Never to be dashed against the rocks of passion
Never to be dismembered on the shores of love.
Yet a life so well lived it hides a shipwrecked soul.
I have been such a captain
But now I set out on unknown seas
With sails full open
Guided only by whispers in the wind
By images in white capped waves;
By patterns in the flight of birds;
And by bits of news from distant ports;
In search of that soul survivor,
The almost forgotten fragments of Self
That shall heal the world as the world heals me.
– Nick LeForce
It’s 1am in the middle of the night as I slowly slip into my next REM cycle. I reach my hand up to scratch my chin, unaware of my surroundings, still deep in my sleep. Suddenly I grab a hold of something that felt of fur and 6 legged, it jumps out of my grasp and back into the abyss which is my blanket. Mind you at that moment I was still asleep and it took me a good few minutes for a signal to reach my brain and calmly say hey, did you just grab onto what’s most likely a huge freaking spider?! Eyes wide open, the heart springs to action like a mime who suddenly finds a mouse in his pants. The next thing you know, I’m off the bed, pajamas off and half naked running into the darkness.
It’s not my proudest moment.
I slowly gather the courage to creep back to my bed to investigate, carefully prodding the sheets for any signs of hairy 6 legged life only to find that I’ve been fooled. A cockroach sits on my pillow, greeting me with a smile. A smile that’s quickly turned to dust as i capture it and unleash my ungodly rage in a moment of what can only be explained as pure hatred for all things crawling.
I take a nice long sip of cold water, head back to bed, and with my teddy firmly in my grasp i close my eyes and let the adventure begin once more.
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Nighttyy night now ZZZzzz…