Between Sea and Sky

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HAPPY EASTER from Wallie’s Wentletrap–it’s a day of celebration, mystery, and hope!

Between Sea and Sky (330 Words)

When the water rises you begin to see things you never knew were there. The deep green of a wide ocean is the window of world apart, filled with life, wonder, and peril. And there is a special grace in the ships that carry us between, in a sail set like a bird’s  wing to the wind. Below the water as above it, the unique being of a ship is irresistible.

There are stories of creatures caught in a ship’s wake, drawn to them by that siren song in creaking timber and strained rope. I saw such a one myself.

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Pirates Ahoy!

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This brief post is a warm salute to that anomaly among pirate captains, Jack Sparrow.  Wallie and I saw the new film and we simply do not know where all those bad reviews come from! This is, at any rate, a brief sketch with words to that rare fellow what makes pirating a vocation, vacation, and an explosion.

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He was not, perhaps, prepossessing: diminutive and small-boned: but there was something striking in his easy, careless posture as he leaned at the ship’s rail, and there was something of the captain in the way his dark eyes rested on the open sea. Continue reading