I Bought A Kayak

I bought a Kayak, a little boat, to paddle away from responsibility,

Not forever, just for the day, there are too many that rely on me,

It was a good deal, nearly half price, this inflatable slice of liberty,

And even though I've not used it once, you know, the knowledge it's there comforts me,

"Cut price escape," is always at hand, though it's true, almost imperceptibly,

The idea's still there, I'm always aware that escape is an option open to me,

One summery day, I'll just drift away, and relax in the mouth of an estuary,

Drift on the currents, Bob on the tides, there really is no difference to me,

No grief or stress, just a gentle timeless, quiet, waterborne sanctuary,

And maybe I'll paddle, and maybe I'll sleep, I'll leave all options open to me,

And the relentless babble of waters will keep, the stresses and strains away from me,

As I drift along, their comforting song, is a blanket of sound wrapped over me,

So with this trip in mind, I'll stand up and find, the strength to do all that's required of me,

To quietly master each minor disaster, and every day's trials efficiently,

And when I am tired and still more is required, I'll comfort myself internally,

That my loved ones and I, could just say, "Goodbye," and paddle off into eternity.

◄ A Stone For The Miller (Collaboration Feat Mae Foreman)

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 9th Sep 2019 22:37

Thanks Don and Adam for your comments and thanks to all that liked, and who knows, maybe I'll bust it out onto the water soon?

J. x

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Don Matthews

Sun 8th Sep 2019 02:32

An inflatable kayak needs water
(That's if you intend to go yak)
But as long as it's there in the cupboard
(And moths don't bite holes for a snack)

Can't you ever be serious Don?....

No..

Err....yes Jason 😎

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Adam Rabinowitz

Sat 7th Sep 2019 23:47

An inflatable kayak seems the perfect choice for a something which is there when you need it. 2nd maybe only to poetry. I really enjoyed again your imagery and craft.

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Jason Bayliss

Sat 7th Sep 2019 22:25

Thank you so much Mae, maybe I will take it out one day, but knowing it's there and what it represents is almost as good as the journey. Bless you Mae.

J. x

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Mae Foreman

Sat 7th Sep 2019 19:45

Dear Jason, another wonderful poem. Soft and bittersweet. Picking a simple object and extracting all the juice of its symbolism out if it. It takes a swarm of macabre thoughts and weaves them into a consoling lullaby. Like those clowns that take a simple balloon (there is my fixation with the blasted things again!) and fashion the figure of a giraffe, I can't even draw a stick figure of a giraffe! Point is, forget about eternity, take a day off from the big questions, get out at sea with your little boat and maybe you'll float about a few unexpected answers!
Your brilliance expands daily dear Jason!
Thank you my friend 🎈
Mae

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Jason Bayliss

Fri 6th Sep 2019 17:08

Thank for liking Victoria, Trevor and Chrystel, very much appreciated.

J. x

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 5th Sep 2019 22:30

No, that's the thing Kevin, it was originally bought for a weeks break, which turned into a walking break, so never been used. But it was at a time when I felt like running away (just a little bit), it probably won't get used by me now, but that's a different story for another day, but it still represents the fact that I can, and the only thing stopping me is choice.

J. x

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kJ Walker

Thu 5th Sep 2019 21:43

Nice one. I can fully understand the comfort of knowing that there is an escape plan, even though you will probably never need to use it.
Cheers Kevin

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 5th Sep 2019 16:02

Just wanted to say thank you for liking Devon, Emma, Dorothy and Ruth.

J. x

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lisa donohoe

Thu 5th Sep 2019 12:23

One day ' the tsunami will take you where you want to go. If you don't take time for yourself , the universe will make sure it happens. And safely it shall ❤

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 5th Sep 2019 12:15

Well Don thank you so much, and Lisa I am definitely humbled by your comments, thank you also my friend. I've been the proud owner of an inflatable kayak, (Quite a good one), for about three years now. I have inflated it once, and once only, in the living room, to make sure everything was ok. It was.
I then deflated it and packed it away ready for, "The big trip."
This obviously never came, and nor has it yet.
But maybe, one day.......

J. x

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lisa donohoe

Thu 5th Sep 2019 09:43

Wow friend.
This is by far the best poem I have had the privilege of reading since joining WOL.
The flow flew effortlessly ' the verses wore empowering and very much heartfelt.
To know one has the choice of alone time amongst the chaos of life is fulfilling enough.
One human can not be stretched so far without feeling defeated.
This is truly remarkable and was needed today. Your poem has started my flame once again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent x

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Don Matthews

Thu 5th Sep 2019 09:05

Jason

All I can say is this is very, very clever.

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 5th Sep 2019 08:50

Yes, I think we've all got that probably never to be realised escape plan. It's probably more important for what it represents than what it actually is. For me it's the idea of peacefully drifting on the waters.

J. x

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Brian Maryon

Thu 5th Sep 2019 07:32

Hi Jason...I like the idea of being comforted by the knowledge that it is there. Dust-covered bicycles in garages perform a similar function.

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