Sunday, July 22, 2007

Creative Writing: Sailing and Love


I'm posting this a few days early because I'm heading out on vacation.... Here's a sailing poem I wrote last year, to celebrate the wedding we got to witness on board the Victory Chimes.

Joining

by Nancy Rae Kienzler

I watched two boats
sail their separate courses,
and thought how sad
that these two beautiful things --
so similar
and following parallel paths --
should nonetheless be disjoined
by all that sea between them.

Like clouds overhead,
blown across the same space by the same wind,
but separated by a slice of sky.

But then sometimes the wind
will catch one cloud a little more than the other,
and blow the two together,
and sometimes,
when you watch the sailboats in the distance,
you'll see their paths cross,
their bows kiss,
their sails intermingle.

And you realize that
neither sea,
nor sky,
nor any space between,
can keep two --
who are meant to be one --
from joining.

(This poem is protected by copyright. Please do not use without permission.)
Have a great week everyone!

24 comments:

emilia said...

I liked Nancy's poems
xxx

emilia said...

Hi, Nancy! I'm writing from Rome, Italy. May I ask you permission to use your poem for a card? May sister and brother in law are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. May I translate it in Italian too?
Thank you,
Emilia

Nancy said...

Hi Emilia!

Yes, you have my permission to use this poem for your sister's anniversary card. It is fine also to translate it into Italian.

Would you mind sending me a picture of the card when you're done? It will be nice to know that my poem made it to Italy!

My email is nrkii@aol.com.

Thanks so much,

Nancy

Dreamers said...

It's a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Anna Palmer said...

I am hosting a "love your lake" Valentine's day fundraiser for the Community Sailing center in Burlington Vermont. Do I have your permission to use your poem as part of our event? Anna Palmer anna@winwinapps.com

Judy in Michigan said...

Hi Nancy:
May I use your poem in a Birthday card for my man who is turning 55 today and loves to sail!!

Nancy said...

Hi Judy.

Yes, you have my permission to use the poem in the card.

Thank you for asking!

Nancy

Anonymous said...

Nancy

After weeks of searching for a reading for our wedding ceremony, I find your wonderful little poem about sailboats. My fiancee's last name is Helm and we are having a sailing themes wedding (I alsolove sailing so the surname is very fitting!)

May we have your permission to include your poem in our wedding service next June?


Kind regards

Samantha

Nancy said...

Hi Samantha,

Yes, you do have my permission. If you would, could you email me at my aol account, which is nrkii, and just let me know where you are? I am having fun tracking where this poem ends up. :)

Nancy

Sam Cowley said...

Nancy

Thanks for your post, I have emailed you, I hope I have got it correct. My email is samcowley1@yahoo.co.uk
I'm in Hampshire England, we are getting married in Cornwall.

Many thanks for your permission.

Sam (and Simon)

carrie said...

I was wondering if i can use this poem to send to my boyfriend he is overseas and loves sailboats and me so this is a perfect poem for him...

Nancy said...

Hi Carrie.

Yes, you can send this to your boyfriend. Thanks for asking!

Would you mind telling me his generaly geographic location (state or country)? I'm just curious to see where this poem travels. :)

Be well.

Nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy - I just love this poem as both my fiance and I sail and have been on many sailing adventures around the world this seems the most apt poem to use as part of our wedding later this year. Would you mind if we used it during the service. We live in Chichester but are getting married in the Cotswolds. Thanks in advance Louise

Nancy said...

Hi Louise.

I'm very flattered, and am happy to have you use the poem during your wedding service. All my best wishes to you and your fiance.

Nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy - I found your poem while trawling the internet for a suitable nautical themed reading for our wedding in Leaminton Spa, UK. Would you mind if my sister read your poem at our wedding?
Thanks, Alan

Nancy said...

Hi Alan.

Congratulations on your wedding!

Yes, you have my permission to use this poem for the occasion.

Best wishes!

Nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,

My fiancée and I love your poem and would like to use it as part of our wedding ceremony. We are getting married in Newport, RI, overlooking the water and think this poem is just perfect. Please let us know if ok to use.

Best,
Alison

Nancy said...

Hi Alison.

Yes, I'd be happy if you used this poem in your wedding. Thank you for checking first.

Congratulations to you both!

Best,

Nancy

Lynne Lawson said...

Hi Nancy, I am a civil celebrant in Western Australia and I ask your permission to use your poem at their wedding, it is a second wedding for both and they love sailing. I would acknowledge you as the writer.

Nancy said...

Hi Lynne.

This sounds lovely. You have my permission! Blessings to you and to the happy couple!

Nancy

Anonymous said...

nancy!

i'm in sweden and marrying a true sailor. the poem is perfect... may i use it at my wedding in august?

your fan,
caroline

Nancy said...

Hi Caroline.

Congratulations on your wedding, and my very best wishes to you both!

I'd be thrilled if you used my poem in your wedding. Thank you for asking permission -- it does mean a lot to me to know.

If you end up translating it or you put it into a wedding program, would you mind sending me a copy?

My email is nrkii@aol.com.

Thanks, and my best wishes again!!

Nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,
My fiance and I met by chance on a sailboat we now have our own sailboat and are deeply in love. We are getting married in a few weeks and would love to use your poem in our ceremony.
Thank you
lisa and dave

Nancy said...

Lisa (and Dave), please do use it!

Congratulations and best wishes!

Nancy