Your Faithful Float

Forever your faithful float
flaking against your fresh coat,
serving a daily purpose, but
isolation makes me nervous,
half-submerged in salty sea.
All the nets you cast with me,
the way I bobbed and weaved
ornery waves waiting to be retrieved,
only to be slung with so many more–
a buoy has no purpose on the shore.

Colors drained
dried and hanged
my knots all loose
each float’s a noose.

I marked your heaviest hauls
of fragile fish off seafloor.
Will you honor my trawls, and
mount me as nautical decor?

© khartless 2021, All Rights Reserved


Sanaa is host for D’Verse’s Tuesday Night Poetics – Tonight’s topic is to explore the realm of minimalist photography. Join us.

Photograph of fishing net floats by Glenn A. Buttkus. Be sure to visit his amazing site: SOUTH SOUND MINIMALIST PHOTOS

39 Comments

  1. sanaarizvi

    This is incredibly stunning! The part that stood out for me is; “half-submerged in salty sea. All the nets you cast with me, the way I bobbed and weaved ornery waves waiting to be retrieved, only to be slung with so many more– a buoy has no purpose on the shore.” You brought the photo to life! Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 😍😍

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      1. Mister Bump UK

        I like to keep on top if I can but I had a period yesterday where I just couldn’t catch up. I resigned to a regular post which comes live at 8am, and yesterday I did not even see it until the evening.
        I could just give up on the posts, write them off, but then there’s a chance I would miss a gem, as I might have done here.

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      2. K.Hartless

        I miss something every once and again and it feels awful. Then, I have to visit a few favorites and try to play catch up. Needless to say, I have a lot of wonderful daily reading her on Word Press. Not a bad problem to have.

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  2. Glenn A. Buttkus

    As Sanaa said,”Stunning”. I couldn’t ask for a better take on the image. Your subtle rhyme scheme enhances the piece. You gave this pod of floats a lively back story; so cool.

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    1. K.Hartless

      Thank you, Glenn. This means a lot coming from such a talented photographer and writer. I would love to write more from your photos, so maybe I will message you sometime if I see one that speaks to my muse, if that’s okay with you. All the best, K.

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  3. Ingrid

    I believe this faithful float deserves the honour you propose! I love your imagery here, and the human subtext:
    ‘serving a daily purpose, but
    isolation makes me nervous,’
    I am sure many people can identify with these lines!

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