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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Ship of Gold

The Ship of Gold

It was a great ship carved from solid gold:
Its masts touched to the skies on uncharted seas;
Venus, goddess of love, her hair streaming, her flesh bare,
Flaunted herself on the prow beneath a blazing sun.

But one night it struck the great reef
In that treacherous ocean where the Siren sang,
And the horrible shipwreck tilted its keel
Into the depths of the abyss, ineluctable coffin.

It was a ship of gold whose diaphanous sides
Revealed treasures which the profane mariners,
Loathing, Hatred, and Neurosis, disputed among themselves.

What remains of it in the brief tempest?
What has become of my heart, a deserted ship?
Alas! It has foundered in the depths of the dream!

Emile Nelligan


  1. Well done - very good match once again. Thanks for posting the original picture - what a difference!

  2. Thank you Jonie!! I thought I'd do something different this time and show, sort of, the 'before' and 'after'.
    I can't always do that if it's an image I build from a blank slate so to speak. :)

  3. beautiful well done barb. too bad about the ship, it almost makes me think of the titanic ship in 1912.

  4. Thank you so much Lorilynn! :)

  5. Such a tremendous post. I love both of the pictures. You are so talented......

  6. The colors in the background scene compliment the gold of the ship so well. That's a beautiful image!

  7. Beautiful picture Barbara, really well done and I love the contrast with the original. Beautiful poem too.

  8. Neva, thank you very much! :)

    Montucky, thank you! I was going to put it on a black background but decided that would be too stark. I'm glad I chose this one! :)

    Kate, thank you so much! :)

  9. The photo is great as always and the poem I find as having hidden deep meanings. I like it ♥

  10. I love the gold touch! Great effects as it truly brings out the ship from the very lovely background! Wonderful, makes one think, poem to go with. :)

  11. Thank you, Anna! I'm glad I chose that background rather than the plain black one I was going to use! :)


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