prompt: the ships that sail through your mind </p><br /><br /><br />
<p>St Louis thrill<br /><br /><br /><br />
Mississippi Riverboat<br /><br /><br /><br />
first adult treat<br /><br /><br /><br />
back in time ~ dressed to nines<br /><br /><br /><br />
river travel ~ breath of fresh air<br /><br /><br /><br />
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Note... I was sixteen, in the late -1950s,<br /><br /><br /><br />
visiting my cousin who was two years older.<br /><br /><br /><br />
We toured the boat to see what ever there<br /><br /><br /><br />
was to do ..and then settled and enjoyed<br /><br /><br /><br />
the trip in deck chairs.<br /><br /><br /><br />
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Tanka Poets on Site prompt:

the ships that sail through your mind 

by Kathabela Wilson

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Today we went to the old canal at Chesapeake Bay, 

a stunning spot, and lunched there 

while the ships sailed through our minds. 

 

Not only those, of every variety, 

one giant sailed through, 

it’s such a deep passageway, 

but others, 

in memory 

and experience that we have known. 

 

Ships and especially those of the Chesapeake 

are close to our tanka hearts. 

 

I thought very much of a different kind of ship, 

the ones that have held the work of M. Kei 

and his “historic ‘wooden sail’ vessels, 

as a crew member with the Kalmar Nyckel, 

the tall ship of Delaware.” 

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I also thought of his love for the sea 

and his wonderful

 “Slow Motion The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack” 

that I hold in my hand from him right now. 

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It is definitely time to read it again! 

I think of imaginary ships and childhood replicas, 

how my favorite childhood ride at the amusement park 

was a small ship that went in circles

 and I lett my hand down into the waters while it moved, 

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And our ride out into the South China Sea, 

and going out in Lake Tai 

near Suzhou, China in a tourist boat…

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I think of our friend Dalton Perry who loves to sail as well, 

and our sailing tanka sequence in Bright Stars 2. 

You can see and order many of the amazing seafaring books

by M. Kei here: http://www.amazon.com/M.-Kei/e/B001JRXGX6

(including his Skipjack Log and Bright Stars, 

and much more aboard ships of the imagination.

 

 What are the ships that sail through your mind 

and into your tanka?

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My response to the prompt:

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St Louis thrill

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Mississippi Riverboat

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first adult treat

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back in time ~ dressed to nines

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river travel ~ breath of fresh air

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Note… 

I was sixteen, in the late -1950s,
visiting my cousin who was two years older.
We toured the boat to see what ever there
was to do ..and then settled and enjoyed
the trip in deck chairs. 

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