SOLO SAIL, on a ship full of hearts


When we to time wish,
wings do not carry all words
so I to promise must desist,
faith is fickle feathers on fragile birds.

If love to hearts hold
then hearts be more than one must
for not is love a concrete mould;
stilled the river bed whose reeds rot to rust.

When we to time turn,
touch being a tethered thread,
I have to trust that ties will burn
but mind make memory of beating bed.

If love in heartโ€™s held
just as blood in veins are bound,
then truth to self must be compelled,
feral is the field of the barren ground.

When I to nights slip
as moon to stars serenade,
my course cast upon oceanโ€™s ship
bid adieu to lips kissed and loves mislaid.

When currentโ€™s call comes
and cares cast into the crest
I dare the waves to beat like drums
and allegiance pledge to my beating breast.


All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly


  1. I do so LOVE the little boat “Better Days”, what a gorgeous find! And when “current’s call comes” my heart leaps, loooove that line. “My course cast upon ocean’s ship”, oh yes! Remember your “Hunger is not a Harbour” poem, I never forget it.. the current
    carving chaos into the crest, craving the waves! So energizing! Here’s to “Better Days”! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Here’s to better, brighter days indeed my dear friend. There is a little island on the edge of Paris with lots of house boats and I found this little boat docked there one day last year when I was off exploring what the route had to offer. One never knows! XX

  2. The transposition of normal wording creates a wonderful rhythm here. Fragile and wistful, it sails the currents of life. (K)

    1. It was so not my normal approach to writing but I loved the challenge once the first line came to me, I had to ride the wave. Thank you Kerfe

  3. I just read this out loud to Nigel and he said that it reminds him of harpsichords, chamomile seats and cloistered courtyards! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚ I love it! There is a little oldie worldie tone to it. I love the chamomile seats and cloistered courtyards! That might need to be a line in another poem ๐Ÿง

      1. I’ve just read him your comment.. I think he’s quite taken with the idea of those being included in one of your poems!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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