A Bringer of New Things

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Setting Off: A Poem

I wrote this poem several years ago when I was beginning an exciting new phase of my life—I had moved to a new state and begun graduate school in religious studies. My favorite poem, “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, served as inspiration to help me channel my feelings of excitement into this sonnet.

Sails raised, helm set, I watch the shoreline fade.
One final wave goodbye to what is past,
And, with both tear and smile, I turn and shade
My eyes to peer ahead, into the vast,
Uncharted future. I cannot see far:
No destination known, I simply aim
“To follow knowledge like a sinking star,”
As old Ulysses yearned to do the same.
Though storms may strike, and I may lose my way,
I will not give up, for eventually,
The sun will come again. Then it will play
And dance upon the water, and my free
Heart will join its song. Salt wind on my skin,
I rest and watch my journey now begin.


5 comments on “Setting Off: A Poem

  1. georgetteann
    July 24, 2014

    I love this; you have captured the excitement of that moment beautifully. I have felt this way at several times in my life. Oh, the anticipation of discovery…it never gets old. Thanks for sharing!


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      July 24, 2014

      Thank you, Georgette! I’m very glad you thought I captured the feeling well.


  2. kennedylejeune
    July 24, 2014

    I actually wrote a poem “Baptism by Fire” that is closely related to this. It has the same feel. I wrote it to display the feeling of anticipation and starting over with something new. It’s interesting that water and fire (sun) are often used in describing new experiences and re-birth. I love your poem!


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      July 25, 2014

      Great observation about the water and fire/sun imagery. Have you read the poem “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson that I linked to? It contains both images and is just flat-out beautiful. I highly recommend it!


      • kennedylejeune
        July 25, 2014

        Yes, great poem as well!


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