Blue Haven

We clear the harbor
and the wind catches her sails
and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully,
and her elegant bow cuts cleanly
into the increasing chop of the waves.

I take a deep breath and my chest expands
and my heart starts thumping so strongly
I fear the others might see it beat
through the cloth of my jacket.

I face the wind and my lips
peel back from my teeth
in a grin of pure joy.
–L.A. Meyer, Under the Jolly Roger