Thursday, April 9, 2015


   Sculptures at the Bottom of the Ocean by Jason deCaires Taylor 
     image from

Poets are not afraid to drown. -Janet Frame

From little on we are
rocked in cradles
on waves,
pulled back and forth
by sun and moon.

As we go deeper
we do not fear.
though we are ruined
we do not fear.
through countless days and nights
poets are not afraid to drown.

I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”  -Anais Nin

Over in the  Imaginary Garden we were asked to to combine words and art. using a work of art and a quote to inspire our writing.


  1. This is wonderful. Poets are not afraid to drown! Stellar!

  2. I also love, "Poets are not afraid to drown." Beautiful

  3. Wow, this is amazing! I just was looking at his art the other day~
    I love your poem, your thoughts~ Yes, we leave our words to float!

  4. This is so exquisite!! Such a beautiful flow of the lines and the message that "Poets are not afraid to drown" reflects your sincere & brave spirit as a poet :D
    Loved it!

  5. Deeper and deeper Though we are ruined, we do not fear. Wonderful words
    But I am afraid though I can swim.

  6. Mary this is wonderful

    see me as we breathe
    under water
    we stand stoic
    as if in parade rest
    backs straight
    chest forward
    hard of hearing we strain
    to catch the latest news
    chin up
    arms down
    we stand stoic
    so that others can
    see how it is done
    come join us
    be as one
    with waves stirred
    by falls sun
    and winter's moon
    held captive
    by tidal pull


  7. The first time I saw these sculptures was over at the Mag and I wrote a poem inspired by the image
    I went in a bit of a different direction than you did

    1. Me too Chris. Here's mine from then:

  8. I love, love, love the works of Jason DeCaire Taylor (one of the reasons I have to go back to Mexico one day is to see them), and I feel your words really fit with such beautiful art! Brava!

  9. Metaphorically this may be true, but I have a lifelong water phobia! I swim from the neck down, but must keep my face out. Emotionally, however,it's true: I have no fear of that kind of drowning. I love the way your poem extends and clarifies the quote.

  10. No drowning me, I'll swim and be free

  11. Quite brilliant .. art, quote and poem!

  12. I think, perhaps we have to be ruined first, before we can be poets. This is just excellent, Mary, and the I love the art and quote you chose.

  13. WOW! Drowning goes on for a long time.

  14. Oh yes, I like this. So much truth in that statement, and thank goodness too, or we'd be in a world without poems!

  15. This is terrific-super cool -- the quotes, the poem, the pic. Thanks. k. (Manicddaily)