Wood and Steel - by Brian Narelle

February 9, 2016

Wood and Steel


first day at sea
The steel deck hums


Rolling ocean bringing back dreams
Of wooden ships and creaking ropes


Wood once home to squirrel and bird

Roots knowing darkness and moisture


This steel ship knows no life
But for the guest in my cabin


A ladybug has stowed away with me


I place her in the steel drawer
Of the steel desk
On the steel ship


I bring her water
And bits of food
This ambassador of all living things
Trapped in a cold steel world


That bug, a living icon
Impossibly red with magic black spots
I fell in love with her
And all creation at the same time


But she did not survive


Heartbroken in mid-Atlantic
A burial at sea
Inside a matchbox coffin


The only wood I could find


- Brian Narelle

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