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Out on the Bay
J T Milford

After Barcarolle No. 2, by Ned Rorem

Rowing over low surf
with glittering waves†
under an immense sunlit sky

I rise up on gentle swells,
to see the sparkling light
then -- down into the spume

I rise up on gentle swells,
to see a flotilla of clouds
then -- down into the spume

With the boat slowly rocking,
I row over deep blue-green waters,
hoping to go from here to there,
taking my inland soul
out on the bay for dreaming

© by J T Milford.
Used with the authorís permission.

J T Milford began writing poetry before he retired as a CPA from public accounting twenty-five years ago. A resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for most of his life, he uses life there as a background for his poetry. J T's first book, Evocation (Bookbaby), will be published in September and is currently available for pre-order.

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I would love to be out on the water right now - thank you for this poem!
Posted 07/25/2020 05:30 PM
Forgot to mention Evocation is available now at Store
Posted 07/23/2020 08:02 PM
Thank you all for your most kind comments and feeling in the poem. For those interested you may listen to all three Barcarolles with score on YouTube.
Posted 07/23/2020 07:57 PM
Lori Levy:
Like the repetition of rising up "on gentle swells" and then "down into the spume."
Posted 07/23/2020 06:23 PM
I have a dim echo of the Barcarolle melody in my brain, from long ago. The rhythm of this poem jibes with that memory. A lovely set of lines.
Posted 07/23/2020 11:58 AM
Very nice, Randy
Posted 07/23/2020 11:21 AM
Lovely feeling here, JT. It what we all strive for and few achieve. Thanks.
Posted 07/23/2020 11:18 AM
And with the boar slowly rocking . . . Yes
Posted 07/23/2020 09:39 AM
michael escoubas:
Congratulations JT on evocative use of language that actually places readers IN the boat. Excellent craftsmanship . . . I especially like your repetitive technique "down into the spume."
Posted 07/23/2020 08:57 AM
Larry Schug:
I think the entire poem is good but the last verse is outstanding,the final two lines even more so.
Posted 07/23/2020 08:15 AM

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