GloPoWriMo – Day 14

“Every Sea Broke Over All”

Let your life become a poem
like Margaret Fuller
to walk beneath
New England oaks
and bright Italian skies

A mind so sharp
that others recoil–
send Hawthorne running
see Emerson scowl.

But look, Thoreau,
with his lone smile,
matches step by step
along the solitary mile.

I hear always the
echoes of his steps
along the beach
littered with calico and scraps
of the best dresses and lost
dolls of the shipwrecked
searching for her lost manuscript
a history now forgotten,
Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli

Remember Fire Island.
Let yourself become a woman.
Brave, sharp, outspoken

Full of life and the rising
bright light
of being

A friend. A lover.
A solitary soul
Full of life.

When every sea breaks over all
let yourself stand bold on the deck
brave with those you love
in the midst of the shipwreck

Daily Prompt:  β€œwrite a poem that deals with the poems, poets, and other people who inspired you to write poems,” from Na/GloPoWriMo.

Author’s note: Margaret Fuller, and her friendship with Thoreau, endlessly inspire me, filling my imagination. The title is taken from a transcript of the notes Thoreau wrote when he combed the shores after the shipwreck of the Elizabeth, looking for any remnants of Fuller, her husband, and their young son. She’d brought manuscripts with her, including a history of Italy, that were all lost, along with the loss of the lives of her and her family.

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