From the first time I steeped out and saw Simpson Bay from the house, I was fascinated by this wrecked boat that was in the water a bit east of the house. I took many photographs of it, from different angles, I used different apertures, tried out a polarizer filter on it, I shot it from the house and from along the shore, it seemed I just couldn’t get enough of it. Like most of the large “debris” found along the coastlines of St Maarten, it was a casualty of a hurricane, one of the many that sweep down Hurricane Alley every year, or given its current state, maybe more than one hurricane.
Even though I posted a photograph of it already during my Sint Maarten visit, there was one I had reserved to do some more processing to at a later date, and I would like to share that one with you.
Anchored in the bay,
locked up for the night,
All prepared for the worst
Of the Hurricane’s awesome might
All is peaceful,
Nothing out of the norm
Suddenly seagulls cry out
Wails of the oncoming storm
Winds howl and push
from the bow to the stern
Waves rise and crash
Of the shoreline, nothing to discern
Minutes and Hours
Battling in the fray
unable to tell
the difference ‘tween night and day
The anchors slip
waters filling the hold
is this the fates’ decree
to perish, the tale left untold?
The winds ease,
and the rains abate
Starboard lies the shore
but below lies its fate
Battered and bruised,
seaworthy no more
Never to set sail again
now nothing, but an eyesore.
9 thoughts on “Casualty of a Hurricane”
Not an eyesore to you though. Pretty good, I like the photo and while I find the poem pleasing I am surely not qualified to comment critically 🙂
I quite like the composition of this photo.
Thanks Nikhil, I don’t consider myself a great (or even good) poet, but I am sometimes inspired to write these things and I just do. It is more for myself than for others 🙂
This is a great shot! Love the B&W. It’s just a great perspective. thanks for the post. I love the writing as much as the photography.
Nice shot…and I like the poem 🙂
Nice shot. You did a good job to capture the details in the clouds.
Nice photo and wonderful poem! I think I will post some of my poems to my site! Great work!
Thanks, I would look forward to your poetry 🙂
You’ve conveyed the mood and drama brilliantly.
Thanks, you are most kind.