Violet's sister had been a sailor last of all.
had the measures of the sea engraved within her smallest
particles. She had the waves moving through
her, the tides seeking her always the roiling
and the gentle life of the waters was
within her. Her eyes revealed this at
times. Rarely did
1 find her hands without the ropes and spyglass, she
needed no excuse: she went.
took the seas of all the Earth and
wound them through her brain and through her heart and
colored them to give them life.
sister sifted the seas, the China Sea where
she ran before winds strumming the striped
mandolin from the forecastle pressed
the sqeeze box 'til gulls harassing the stern screaming
dove into the green and mounting waters driven to such performance by her
bowsprit braved the Preacher. That was her
gallant crafting and her inspiration, her endeavor,
the bold Preacher jutted his bearded chin before
the mast, into the winds, into the foamy waters
rushing to the cleaving keel like dolphins dancing with illustrious
cartouche. It could be seen, it
was all quite clear. She vowed the Preacher
exercised an industry invincible, and then
She played the tiny concertina all the way to India and
the southern isle where went ashore to sample
roast pig and fruit among thick trees and place
bright brass about her wrists and a ring through her nose. Then
she partook, being ready, of the revolution
there wielding carven fired sword like
lightning about her shining head.
shook back her mane of hair and took up the
broad belt burdened with coins from many lands
real and not existing
and not ready ever
for the might of the ways
and of the waves she went
on skimming the crests like turrets skimmed
by high hot balloons and laughing like that,
dancing like Hindoo maidens she went on,
on, in grace, ever
singing secret rhymes and chimes of frigate birds
for the brown pelicans and the seals who
heard them 1st and marveled and blinked their weed
brown eyes as her ship sailed boldly rigged
up to San Francisco's wharves.
she unloaded unmanageable energy, vibrant beauty,
through the ruby-curtained palaces and
sheds and took on freedmen and water
and raced south in the teasing embrace of rogue winds
in order to venture east.
not seem strange at all to she who
had listened to sagas in shells and plunged
the far abyssal deeps within the ringing firmament.