The sea sends paint daubs, trying
Breath breaks at the shoreline
between bare new soles
and footsteps that trench tire wounds in the sand.
The dream lends paper seabirds, limping
Sound slows as the orchestra denudes of violins and unbrooches the timpani to fly away on doves’ wings
The last clarinet fleets, a lone blot before the sun whose whispers echo on flatness.
The painted lovers refract inside the frame
a wax teardrop tallying minutes, a gossamer hour of silence
In jaded moonlight, red wine rolls as the last sails wake, backs to you, sterns homeward
No one realizes you are the missing passenger.
Image credits in order of appearance:
By © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16243682
By Vincent van Gogh – Vincent van Gogh (1977) In der Provence, München: R.Piper & Co, Verlag, ISBN 34-9211-070-3., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2702724
By US National Weather Service – Image wea00119 Historic NWS Collection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=424480