Strange flight, the body
Held at a threshold
And never quite freed
Or quite revealed—
One wing taut with wind,
One wing concealed
Until the wind grows calm
And it shimmers in a shadow-world,
The shape of a sail, yet softer—
The drifting boat
A bird half in air,
Half in water.

— Heather Allen, author of Leaving a Shadow

This poem is offered as part of our July theme: Ship, Sail, Boat

All poems, art, and photos are public domain, creative commons, or used by permission of author or publisher. "Sailboat" used by permission of Copper Canyon Press. Photo by Jon Crel, via Flickr. 
Artist Debbie Young

Art by Harold Sikkema

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