Continental Drift (Ma Jolie)

You are on the front porch,
facing the pond.
I am in the unheated attic,
beaneath the snow-covered roof.

When I was a boy,
I read about the lost colony,
vanished without a trace
save one clue carved in an old oak.

You tell me you like it
when I write to you in French,
language of priests and fur traders,
voyageurs who plied the frigid lakes
and paddled ashore on cobbled beaches
between pine-topped sandstone cliffs.

An eagle soars above a cliff
on sun-warmed air pushed up by winds
that gather on the plains
and cross the wave-rilled fetch.

I grew up in the South, your people,
who use the noun fetch, a span over water
crossed by winds that generate waves,
as a transitive verb, to fetch a pail of water.

There is a third sense, fetching, an adjective,
meaning charming, captivating, the effect
you have on me, ma jolie.


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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17 Responses to Continental Drift (Ma Jolie)

  1. Whimsy Mimsy says:

    Oooohhh…very lovely! Quite the romantic, Mr. Bard! I’d say it in French, I’m sure it sounds better that way, but alas, all I hear are the pretty sounds, lacking all meaning…

  2. brian miller says:

    smiles…really nice close on this…have used fetching in that way as well…funny, i grew up in Roanoke, so the colony has a personal interest to me…croatoan…i liked the inclusion of this…made for a cool progression…

  3. ManicDdaily says:

    This is just lovely – such wonderful connections so beautifully realized through the syntax and imagery. Super well done, thanks for participating in the prompt. k.

  4. I like the different take on the word “fetch”, ending with that sweet verse ~

    Enjoyed the story & I always like to listen to French, though I don’t understand it, smiles ~

  5. Mary says:

    I love the story in this, the way you wrote it, and the touch of French

  6. Your words have such an inspiring quality– always make me want to write more. ~peace, Jason

  7. claudia says:

    smiles..i like where you take this with the very personal close – also love how you start with describing the places… really cool feel to it ray

  8. Maggie Grace says:

    What a nice read…flowing all the way to the South and to France. Merci!

  9. othermary says:

    Oh, this is lovely – fetching even. And the title is perfect.

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