Vagabond

@xFiacre (7777)
Ireland
August 1, 2020 1:46pm CST
The taste of something eternal lingers in the colour of the wine tonight. A few lines of Baudelaire awakened an appetite for sights and smells, purple silks, dusky maidens and a three-masted schooner lying at anchor in an exotic harbour. Even as I spoke some warm-rhythmed lines aloud into the empty night, salt that had been carried on an ocean breeze from Zanzibar began to crystallise on my lips. A boat called 'Vagabond' slunk out of the harbour at Honfleur, its crew hoping to get to the South Seas by winter. Unfortunately it left without me.
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@CarolDM (88265)
• Nashville, Tennessee
1 Aug
The boat has sailed without you. Sorry about that.
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@xFiacre (7777)
• Ireland
1 Aug
@caroldm Story of my life!
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@CarolDM (88265)
• Nashville, Tennessee
1 Aug
@xFiacre Same here.
@jstory07 (92963)
• Roseburg, Oregon
1 Aug
I am sorry the boat left without you. You are such a good writer.
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@MALUSE (60656)
• Germany
1 Aug
"Dusky maidens"?? Please elaborate.
@xFiacre (7777)
• Ireland
1 Aug
@maluse Dusky maidens are the caricature of what many a European man supposedly deems to be the epitome of lusty delight - young ladies from exotique countries where the sun always shines, perhaps girls like those of the South Seas as painted by Gauguin, although they are not my cup of tea.
@MALUSE (60656)
• Germany
1 Aug
@xFiacre I've seen many paintings by Gauguin in museums. He certainly created his own South Sea Paradise far away from reality.
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@xFiacre (7777)
• Ireland
1 Aug
@MALUSE Alas the dreams many men have about exotic women are, I believe, also somewhat removed from reality.
@Adie04 (8628)
2 Aug
I always see the word vagabond but never know the meaning. Does it actually related to sea?