A Bridge Out of Limbo
by Steven McCabe
& When you think of who you are,
The deep waters rising about you, within you,
& Within you, who you are, symbols embedded within & upon a book of code,
Like a stamp or seal upon a document, & you swim through the hollow and the false,
Bearing metaphorical code,
& When you think of who you are and what you have delivered, you realize
The brave are still within us,
& Your metaphor is reality, holding fast to your sense of balance, carrying out your mission,
& You never venture from your footing upon this precipice,
& your children walk upon dry land.
U.S. Naval Archives Photo # 80-G-238786: USS San Jacinto steaming with USS Lexington in the Mariana (Islands) area, 13 June 1944.
My father was on active duty aboard the San Jacinto (foreground aircraft carrier) when this photo was taken. I remember him as a young man, remembering also transferred memories… physical and emotional, memories flowing like water. I was thinking about DNA as well as the memory within, and of, water. In the back of my mind I was thinking about Berta Cáceres. The work she did with water. Her radiant identification with Mother Earth, the Mothership, and the water running through Her veins.
Thank you Pierre!
If you were asked to submit one piece of your work to be enclosed in an earthly time capsule, Steven, I think this one would be a definite candidate. So beautifully wrought in image and verse….in mind and heart….it really is superb.
Thank you Jana. I’m glad this one, particularly, speaks to you. Not just a time capsule but an earthly time capsule. So you have combined earth and time. Nicely spoken.
Well I went to type wonderful and the above ‘happy accident’ happened…
This reads well beginning to end and end to beginning!
Thank you Heather. Interesting words we get sometimes with ‘typos.’ Glad it reads well either way!
Thank you Richard.
a true and cascading act of art tumbling through waters of love and war and beauty…
Thank you John. Very poetically said. I like this idea of a cascading act of art. It creates a multitude of images.