“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