Every Road Will Take Me Down to the Sea.

I’ve been debating a couple themes for a new challenge a while now, but this one received the most attention when I asked others about it, and one I keep coming back to myself. I do intend to do one about the open road/wildflowers at some point though, as I think it’d be great to see it alongside the current challenge.

Although I’ve never been much of a beach goer and not particularly fond of swimming where I can’t see what’s in the water with me, I’ve always been fond of the sea. I love water, and being out in boats. So much lies below the surface, regardless how cliche that sounds, whether it be sea creatures or Atlantis. But even the surface itself feels surreal to see the edge of the sea meet the horizon.

Meanwhile, I’m also quite fond of thief characters in stories. Usually because thieves, in fiction, traditionally are outsiders, rogues, and live on the fringes of society. They are not exactly antiheroes, but often cannot be labeled as clearcut good or bad. On occasion, they fill a similar role to the Shakespearean fool. Like the sea, thieves are romantically mysterious, can be dangerous, and often have a wealth of treasures hidden somewhere.

I will take small poems until Saturday, September 15th about the sea and/or thieves/thievery. As I have with other projects, I will take up to 5, and I’ll at least take one. I reserve the right to ask you to try again if nothing really catches my eye, but don’t take it as a brushoff; that really does mean try again!

Theme/What to write about: The sea and/or thieves/thievery.

What form: Haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, gogyōka, renku, haibun, haiga (doodles most welcome!), small stones, short poems (up to 10 lines), etc. As is art!

How many: As many as you want! I will take as many as 5 and no less than 1.

When: Send them in by Saturday, September 15th (I will wait until the whole world has reached the 15th); I will post a PDF on this blog on September 19th (or as some know it, International Talk Like a Pirate Day).

Where to send: Either leave a comment to this post or send an email to aubriecox [at] gmail [dot] com! If you email, put “EVERY ROAD TAKES ME TO THE SEA” in the subject line, if you please.

Other important stuff:
Things you should keep in mind/include:

• Most journals will consider these works published

• If your work is already published, include the publishing credits (it’s kind of important and a nice thing to do)

• You, as the writer/artist/poet/etc, retain the rights to you work before and after it appears on my blog/in the PDF.

• If you want me to link back, please send along the name and link of your blog/Twitter account/website/etc! Also, make sure your have your name listed as you would like for it to appear.

Every Road Will Take Me Down to the Sea.

19 thoughts on “Every Road Will Take Me Down to the Sea.

  1. Peter Newton says:

    Sure will try Aubrie. Love the ocean, spent many a summer jumping off the bridge-boardwalk pictured on my twitter page. Though, currently I am in the mountains of Vermont . . .somewhat land-locked.

  2. Hi Aubrie, here is my batch most are re-edited oldies:

    distant combers
    a mast rises from cattails

    a variation appeared in Haiku Harvest
    Fall & Winter 2001 Vol. 2 No. 3

    night traffic
    the smell of seaweed wafts
    above the pier

    published in tinywords 7 May 2008

    gull’s cry the light goes out with the tide

    A variation appeared in tinywords 6 February 2002

    clouded night
    algae glow in the bow wave

    A variation appeared in tinywords 30 July 2003
    Read the comments to see how others helped in sharpening it.

    the bow
    through the twilight

    A variation appeared in tinywords 14 December 2007

  3. snowbirdpress says:

    So much going on… but here goes:

    my mind drifts
    to the horizon
    gathering sea-rocket

    (Sea-rocket is a plant that grows along the rocky shore north of here…. it has a pungent radish taste that can be used in salads or cooked for a milder taste to add to soups.) Lately I’ve been daydreaming about sailing away to a deserted island for awhile … but then I’m miss all my friends….

  4. Dear Aubrie, Thank you. Here are five poems for your review, from my Oostburg, Wisconsin blog. Ellen

    many years
    in my footsteps
    on this sand …
    today the water is clear
    the sun shines
    and I take another step

    “Deep calleth unto deep …” *
    filling my heart with hope
    greater than my mind

    * from Psalm 42: 7 (KJV)

    another day
    of grace
    settling down
    towards sunset
    seagulls rest on water

    more colors of blue
    in Lake Michigan today
    than I can name
    the wonder of always learning
    dreaming new dreams

    gift of faith
    during my hardest years
    lights down the beach
    moon and stars at night

  5. Thanks for choosing the sea, Aubrie. I wrote the first two in Japan and others in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

    stroke of midnight
    the blast of foghorns
    along the coast

    sunlit jar, 2002; Honorable Mention, WHC New Year’s Double Kukai 2002

    leaving for home–
    strands of seaweed wrap
    around our ankles

    Frogpond, XXVI:2, 2003

    island to shore
    the same thoughts keep
    bobbing up

    Modern Haiku, 38.1 winter-spring 2007

    foam flowers
    the pull of sand under
    my inner child

    The Heron’s Nest, IX: 4, 2007

    lapping shore water—
    the things we take
    for granted

    Frogpond, XXXIII:2, Museum of Haiku Literature Award, 2010

    Carmen Sterba

    1. Carmen,

      I’d like to include the following ‘ku!

      stroke of midnight
      the blast of foghorns
      along the coast

      sunlit jar, 2002; Honorable Mention, WHC New Year’s Double Kukai 2002

      leaving for home–
      strands of seaweed wrap
      around our ankles

      Frogpond, XXVI:2, 2003

      foam flowers
      the pull of sand under
      my inner child

      The Heron’s Nest, IX: 4, 2007

      Thanks for sharing your lovely poems with me! Is the WordPress blog the link you’d like me to include in the links out section of the PDF?


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