Rendition Passage


Rendition Passage

Tonight my heart’s a restless sea

As surging waves wash over me


Beacon light’s along the shore

Give and take their promises

Just like young Katie did.


Fog horn’s blast eminates

Through the irrascible gloom

Of Ruby’s old neurosis.


Kerry’s fragile quickstep

Solo’s it for now

But the tune’s about to change


Moon’s acned face

Shines above convection

On silvery battle scars


Warning of those sullen billows'

Sweeping surge of agony


I used to own a tacky yacht

Wasn’t much, and it slooped a lot

At every red light returning.


Tell me what I ought to do

Is it better to canoe

Or like Michael, row the boat ashore?


Daniel’s glance chills my shoulder

Warn’s me- soon, when I am older

I will meet the unicorn.


Remenisce of smoother sailing

John reminds that he’s unveiling

When there’ll be no sea at all.


Strange, that calms the inner wave

But drowning Peter’s still to save


I think that I, too, need a hand

For I am swimming far from land

Of this I now am learning.


Treading water on the tide

Losing with each step I stride

The chill is feeling warm


Ah, there it is, it’s on me now

Declarative rendition

I’m imprisoned and on trial


And though I’ll plead innocence

I’m dark as sin of something

And that’s the torturing thought


Jonah, Jonah, Ninevah heeded you

Damn you vine, one more time

Where were you when I needed you?


If only that fish would puke again

I might wobble ashore unscathed

A whim, as light dims in the distance.


I lay back accepting my blanketlessness

Senses no longer navigating

Hope, forever swimming against the tide.


I think that I shall simply watch the stars 

The shore fog is long gone

And salty swells are smugly slapping.

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ginga commented on Rendition Passage


HT, Imagery, emotion, character references, the intricacies of this write are phenomenal. Your personality shines through too. The rhetoric is fascinating! ginga



Too autobiographical to be fiction, glad you liked it. HT

SavVySam commented on Rendition Passage


Hello Harver...This is my favorite of your works thus far! You've set the mood beautifully with the first two lines and held my attention throughout! The 18th Stanza speaks volumes. Great entry!



Very glad you caught the vibe! This poem after all, is about hope in a moment of perceived darkness.

ListninEar commented on Rendition Passage


Ouch!!! I just was reading past comments and your responses after reading this poem. You were a bit harsh on HappyGob! I am glad that you gave us some of the explanation for the poetry. Poetry is so deeply personal, only the one who wrote it knows what it means to them. One might read, love and interpret it very "wrong" but if it has meaning to them...or if it doesn't have meaning to them...that's more of a reflection on the reader than the poet!



Probably had a crease in my shorts taht evening. Mea Culpa for coming across harshly.

ListninEar commented on Rendition Passage


You are a very intelligent man. I struggled with deciphering what was going on, but that gave it that extra poetic mystery

Hampton commented on Rendition Passage


So much to read and contemplate. So many meaphors to challege one's brain. So very well done

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

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