Poem ‘Horizon Line’


There is no love on those horizon lines,
nor in the sight of ships
tacking their finite courses to
oblivion, spilling me

So who is it waiting
in the rain, feels its spots
cool on their skin, can smell
its sweet aroma
off the hard hot road, stretching away
around the lonely coast?

poem and picture ยฉ copyright David F. Barker 2012




  1. Ina · September 18, 2012

    Hi David, what a splendid poem and picture, (Water , digital or oil?) I have the feeling I know just what you mean here. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would love to put it on the Poetry of the Sea blog!


  2. dfb · September 18, 2012

    Hi Ina – thank you very much. It is a digitally altered oil painting. Yes, please put it on your blog – I would be honoured.


  3. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words · September 18, 2012

    your art made me think I was looking out a window at the ocean through raindrops…..
    then when I read your words, I was….
    Beautoful DFB…as always….
    Take Care…


  4. journeyintopoetry · September 18, 2012

    I really love this David and the picture has a turneresque look to me! I don’t know that much about art but I learned about Turner on an Art history course ๐Ÿ™‚



  5. claudia · September 18, 2012

    the painting is beautiful and also what you paint with your words…
    ..finite courses to
    oblivion, spilling me
    outside…deeply emotional…


  6. Ina · September 18, 2012

    Done ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks!


  7. dfb · September 18, 2012

    Thank you Ina! Much appreciated.


  8. Pete Armetta · September 18, 2012

    Pretty scene, both words and art. Love it.


  9. brian miller · September 18, 2012

    nice man….great opening line…felt ont he ships comeing and going but the second stanza really brings it home for me…who is waiting…and finding relief as well fromt he road in the rain…nice david..


  10. LOvely poem, beautiful painting.


  11. tashtoo · September 19, 2012

    Spilling me outside…David…words and image are stunning (as always) but this one especially so. Loved it!


  12. Laurie Kolp · September 19, 2012

    Lovely piece- pic and poem. I really like your opening line.


  13. Ravenblack · September 19, 2012

    The words alone make the painting. Nice job fully using all the senses, puts one there just reading it. Enjoyed this. ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. Betty Hayes Albright · September 19, 2012

    David, I can feel it, see it, smell it – wonderful work, as always!


  15. ManicDdaily · September 19, 2012

    Such a lovely poem and beautiful picture. I love the spots of rain on the skin – and of course, this question of the horizon. k.


  16. Soma Mukherjee · September 19, 2012

    Beautiful poetry David loved the painting ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. Eclipse · September 19, 2012

    Beautiful art and poem…as always.
    I couldn’t resist ๐Ÿ™‚ …again
    Wishing you a wonderful day


  18. Three Well Beings · September 19, 2012

    I have spent many hours over my lifetime sitting on the shore and watching just such a line of small ships. It’s restful to me just to watch them on their “finite courses to oblivion.” I’m very tired today, and I think that plays into why I am not at all confident that I’m completely reading this poem with all of its rich meaning, but it is going to stick with me. I’ll come back to it again later and linger even longer. The words are soothing, and the painting is beautifully tranquil and of my favorite subjects. I’m always renewed by the ocean, and I think today I need a little renewal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful, David. Debra


  19. Polly Robinson · September 19, 2012

    Love the painting and the poem ๐Ÿ™‚


  20. Tony · September 19, 2012

    Thanks for an interesting, thought provoking read.


  21. Binky · September 19, 2012

    I really love that painting of yours.


  22. dfb · September 20, 2012

    Thank you so much Debra!


  23. Francina · September 21, 2012

    Beautiful poem and painting, David! Watching the horizon alone brings many thoughts. I love this poem . Ciao, Francina


  24. bardessdmdenton · September 26, 2012

    Serenely expressed by ‘brush and pen’.


  25. lscotthoughts · September 30, 2012

    Lovely words and painting, David!


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