Bio Note: A Washington based author, poet, and educator, my poems and stories have appeared in many international literary magazines, journals and anthologies such as Sparks of Calliope: A journal of Poetic Observation, Uppagus, and The Fib Review. My most recent poetry/fiction collections include Rags & Feathers, Masques: Flash Fiction & Short Stories, and Serpent’s Tooth: Poems. Currently, I enjoy writing, turning wood, participating in “virtual” poetry readings, and fishing along the Hood Canal.
Tacking & Jibbing
Windsock in the breeze hanging by a thread on my patio awning offers me a visual & tactile compass, a silken koi fish randomly shifting height and direction, as I launched my schooner docked on a community pier; there I unfurrow two wrinkled canvass sails let the wrinkled fabric capture brisk, unbridled air: expanding, filling billowing, jutting high & low, back & forth like a box kite dueling gusts, pulling my water craft forward, creasing the lake’s smooth glassy face… ever on the move zigging zagging pivoting.
©2021 Sterling Warner
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