Different Shores – Chris Nelson

We set sail for different shores

A chance to greet new horizons

And carve a name where once was none

To plant our feet on holy ground,

We threw our maps into the sea

To trust to luck and winking stars

And casting dreams upon the winds

Our faith forever in the brine,

We sought the land birds on the wing

Strained our ears to hear their song

And when the call came from the crow

We took to task with hungry hands,

We welcomed in the virgin green

As if we’d never loved before

And set our rootless feet upon the shore

But never felt the tendrils grow,

We let our restless eyes look back

To all the things we’d left behind

And heard our past love’s whispered words:

“Come back, come back, come home to me.”

 

© All original writing copyright Chris Nelson 2018

 

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14 thoughts on “Different Shores – Chris Nelson

  1. Excellent Chris. I agree with David there is a sea shantyish feel but I wonder are you also commenting on the misguided antics of the missionaries and the conquistadors .

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    • Thanks, Mark. Yes, indeed, but I wasn’t sure whether anyone would pick up on what was really only a subtext of the piece.
      Initially I had wanted to write about how we feel the need to strike out, to be individual, and seek some place or something that no-one else has seen or done – hence the reference to sea journeys. At the same time, however, I began to think that actually, when we do ‘discover’ something different we want to mold it to our own point of reference, and I began to think of how historically civilisations have sought new lands and then begun to dismantle them in order to recreate the ‘Old World’ in the ‘New’.
      Blimey, a full blown commentary. Didn’t see that coming! Note to self: don’t do that again!
      Cheers. My best to you both.

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