by Alwyn Marriage
Weeks stretch, then sink into long months at sea, fear alternating with ennui, as salt spray dampens the sailor’s face and hair with wistful memories of where he’d rather be. Steering by Polaris against the rush and push of waves, ignored by the lights of heaven’s dark dome, he is deafened, buffeted, blinded by the ferocity of storms, and battered by longing for home. Far from the comfort of wife or mother, in the womb of the ship, on the breast of the waves, he raises his face in desperation, and prays to Mary, Star of the Sea.
Alwyn Marriage’s twelve books include poetry, fiction and non-fiction — most recently The Elder Race (novel) and Pandora’s pandemic (poetry). Her new collection, Possibly a Pomegranate, will be published in Spring 2022. She has given readings all over Britain and Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. Formerly a university philosophy lecturer and CEO of two international literacy and literature NGOs, she’s currently Managing Editor of Oversteps Books. www.marriages.me.uk/alwyn