I sail on!

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Ellen's picture

05/20/2011

Being on this ship is like being suspended in time and place -- between worlds as in a Twilight Zone episode-- between the new world and the old world -- between ancient history and the modern era -- between continents. This in-between space is also a tower of living languages where everyone learns how to communicate despite being from so many different lands.

This is vessel in the middle of the sea is a limbo between two realities, that of New York and my life in the United States, and that of an unknown future in the old country, which for me represents a past I have yet to discover. A strange nonsensical journey of the mind and spirit that does not stand up to analytical scrutiny. My future somehow lies in the past.

The moon hung like single pearl over the water in a crystal clear sky last night before I went to bed sometime in the early morning. It was the first time the night fog had not hugged the ship like a mink stole. The only disappointment is that it wasn't the enormous moon, craters and shadow lakes standing out against its silvery crust, that rose over Joe stranded on his raft in the middle of the ocean in the film Joe Versus the Volcano.

Sitting on the balcony listening to the waves roll and crash against the hull and the wind grapple with the ropes that lashed the lifeboats to the side of the ship above me, I realize all but our liner is silence. The shush of waves is purely our wake. There would be no sound if we were not here. The air is chill, the horizon gray, but I can see for miles and miles to a horizon defined only by midnight blue fading to a milky ribbon. No land nor boat nor sign of life nearby. We are out in the middle of the Atlantic far from anyone. We left the grave of the Titanic far behind us last night. I did not stay up for the meditation as we passed over the final resting place of so many souls at midnight. It seemed a grim activity for such a pleasure voyage. Although with climate change, we are unlikely to see an iceberg let alone run into one. The nearest was sighted on radar over three hundred miles away.

I sail on!
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Ellen
Ever learning, Everlasting