Flying to Nantucket


I have set out a course to Nantucket,
Seeking wind, with my wings out to tack it;
But my heart, it lies shattered
Off the hurricane-battered
South shore of the island Nantucket.

This July, I am following his flight,
With his wife and her sister, that night;
Past Point Judith, over water,
Along the path that was shorter,
And away from the coastline’s faint light.

Did he know what was going to come,
When the fog rose, embalming their sun?
Did she try to stay calm,
Put her hand on his arm,
When she knew day was finally done?

I have set out my course past Nantucket,
Forging north, with my compass to track it.
But my heart, it lies torn
Beneath waters forlorn,
As I fly, as I fly past Nantucket.
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33 comments:

  1. Short link - http://bit.ly/s4nantucket

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  2. Listingly beautiful, I love it, heart torn before by the first moment of recognition, then carrying the story with my dread until the end. You didn't defy the Limerick you made it a sea chanty for the modern grief.

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  3. These would be so great to use in the classroom! Such a twist on the form. Well done, as always.

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  4. Oh wow..I could weep...what a sad day that was...beautiful, hauntingly beautiful.

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  5. Heartbreaking! But beautifully written. I wish, however, I could follow your short link. I tried, but it went nowhere.

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  6. wow, the fog embalms the sun. whoosh.

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  7. Such an architechtural, symmetrical feel to this, with the faultless rhyme and cadence--and within, like an intricate ship in a bottle, sails the heart of the poem, preserving a memory,but also building it anew. Fine poem, Samuel.

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  8. Beautiful and poignant. I remember hearing the news.....couldnt believe yet another Kennedy was gone. Beautiful writing.

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  9. "Seeking wind, with my wings out to tack it;"


    Really like this flight-full feeling. Great poem! :)

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  10. this had a rhythmical quality that was very appealing.

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  11. Beautifully done! And what a wonderfully creative use of the multi-verse limerick form!

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  12. So beautiful in form and inspiration...this brought tears

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  13. I admire the form, the rhyme, the story. I guess that means... Well done. :) ps. I couldn't follow the link either.

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  14. Haunting, beautiful, emotional, structural, repetitions, heartache, engaging, heartbreaking, mourning, - this made me think of all these thins at once - I could try and write something meaningful to attempt to summarise this- I'm not going to.....apart from one word- amazing

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  15. This is wonderful, such perfect use of form and rhythm, such heartfelt sentiment.

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  16. Hauntingly beautiful and extremely well-written--

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  17. What is left to say? I'm just still thinking, "wow"

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  18. I reiterate my position that you are a limerick master. Thank you again for teaching me so much about the form this week!

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  19. So emotive! This is beautifully mastered, takes the reader through several emotions, amazing work! xoxo

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  20. limerick that isn't funny...and it's all about Nantucket, interesting idea.

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  21. whew...def carries the emotion sam...did they realize it...i almost hope not...that it just came....and to follow as well along the flight path would def stir these thoguths and feelings...this is beautifully penned man...

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  22. You have captured a ghostly feel in this, haunting of sadness and loss. And such a loss and tragedy it was. I pray they never knew... A lovely piece you have written here.

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  23. I like the form and rhyming words...sad and poignant...very well done ~

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  24. The artistry here is so impressive. I really enjoyed where this was headed and liked the way the ideas of following wind in upon the words as well as in the form.

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  25. "When the fog rose, embalming their sun" ... I love this line.

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  26. Life is so tenuous. The golden young couple snuffed out in a plane crash,lying on the bottom of the ocean. Tragic true tale.

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  27. Ah limericks. And especially brave to use one rhyming with Nantucket, and of course to take such a serious subject. Very sad story. k.

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  28. Ah a limerick of Irish verse in honor of the lost Kennedy boy. Who can forget his lifetime, and lifeline? A prince it seemed, poised to do more service for the country his family had given so much. One does wonder what happened just before the plane dove. But your poem here is another immaculate piece of writing. I'm always in awe of your finished pieces, Sam.

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  29. Wow! I love this! You have woven, in an almost playful style, the sadness of the tale. And yes...when I hear Nantucket I do tend to get nervous...but this was seriously fantastic!

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  30. Tragedy seemed to follow the Kennedy clan. Pity!
    From you a nice flowing limerick set up is refreshing!

    Hank

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  31. A limerick that almost reads like a tragic ballad. It does have a wonderful rhythm and you've managed to also offer the tremendous emotional impact without the direct mention of the tragedy which is a fantastic. Very well-crafted piece!

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  32. What a well crafted poem, with symmetry and a lyrical quality, where the words tack it, track it, and Nantucket create a sort of staccato rhythm. This is a beautiful and very heartfelt memorial.

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  33. A day I'll always remember, a beautiful poem.

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