Heavy Weather

Heavy the oar to him who’s tired,

lightened by the sunset over the harbor.

Heavy is the saltwatered, rain-watered oilcloth coat,

drying beside the sleeping sailor and fireplace.

Morning’s red sky and heavy the sea.



Heavy the Oar to Him Who is Tired, Heavy the Coat, Heavy the Sea, 1929 by Ivan Albright, American, 1897-1983, oil on canvas


The Moon Is An Errant Thief

stealing her white light from the Sun,

lighting its cool, pale fire to hearts

on Earth and attracting emotions like waves

breaking at our feet and distant shores.

This bewitched light that shows your nakedness.




[Allusions here to Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens:  
“The sun ’s a thief, and with his great attraction / Robs the vast sea; the moon ’s an arrant thief / And her pale fire she snatches from the sun…”]