NaPoWriMo 2015.5: A Plank In Reason

A Plank In Reason?

Playing catch-up today (when I should be doing other things, of course), with my Emily Dickinson-inspired poem. Here it is…

A Plank in Reason

And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down –
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing – then –

            – Emily Dickinson

We have kept two aboard – one
each – at bow and at stern –
for help when the bank
becomes too distant to leap

and it was only this week after three-
and-a-half-years of living afloat –
that one of them broke – but
not fully. Just a cracked corner –

a great splinter – as it sunk
through the reeds. And now it waits
by the stove: too big to burn
and sharp as a stake.