dVerse — Poetics — Solar Sailer

Kathreen Solar Sailing Yacht (4)

The muse alighted on my shoulder and asked,
Do you really want a home built on stone?”
I thought only a moment. “Not anymore.”
Surely not one built on sand or in the trees?”
God forbid, and that goes for one on wheels.”
She asked, “Where do you feel most at home?”
(Knowing full-well where.) “On fresh water.”

She shall be a water-faring vessel the likes of which
has never been seen. Her bottom made of fiberglass,
flat, but with a keel for steering that is retractable to keep
anchoring shallow or beaching a smooth feat.

Her deck will be wide and long, portside equipped
for hydroponics, batteries, and water processing;
starboard will have a tiki bar and hammocks.

She’ll have her walls made of bamboo, to keep her light,
dotted with portholes to keep her airy, and a secure lock
on the door in case of vagrants, pirates, and the like.

Her roof is airtight and fitted with solar panels
that generate enough power to keep reading lights,
computer, fridge, cooktop, and electric motor running.

Her solar-cell fitted sails also help keep her moving.
She’ll navigate the Great Lakes and connected inlands.
In late fall, she’s hauled into heated storage until Spring.

image, which doesn’t look at all like what I envisioned, is still close enough to use.

Laura is today’s host of dVerse’ Poetics.  Laura says:
For this Poetics Prompt I want us to be voyeurs, peeping through windows and doors of a house One that has no family connections, no memories of our own to call upon .

  • conjure an imaginary house of any size, any place, any age
  • fill it with an imaginary person/people past or present, or ghosts,  or leave it empty with its history
  • make it literal but move into the metaphorical if you wish

If you find it hard to imagine then use a picture of a house (exterior or interior) and write an ekphrastic or select a house in your neighbourhood, or a historic place, or one from a book or film but reinvent its history, story or narrative.

48 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula Light says:

    Beautiful words & image 💙

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Paula! My muse worked with me.

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  2. Irene says:

    Nice concept!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Irene. I think we are facing massive flooding and I would like to survive.

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  3. Dale says:

    She sounds like a find vessel to live on during the clement months!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Dale.

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      1. Dale says:

        Found myself momentarily on my dad’s boat. Man, I miss those days

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Nice that you have spent time on the water. There’s nothing else like it is there.

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          1. Dale says:

            It was so nice. He had his boat on Lake Champlain in Vermont, actually!

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Dale, isn’t Lake Champlain sometimes considered the 6th Great Lake?

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              1. Dale says:

                I know we called it so. It’s pretty darn big. You can get some serious waves 🙂

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  4. robtkistner says:

    This is full of adventure and freedom Lisa. A forward looking place to dwell. Wonderful expression of the prompt, and brilliant image!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob, I like your enthusiasm. When I think about realizing that dream I get the same way.

      Like

  5. peppermint says:

    Perfect. I love this.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sadje says:

    It would be a wonderful home. Kudos to your imagination Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. I think so 🙂 There are so many neat little towns along the Great Lakes. I would put the houseboat into storage wherever I happened to be when it got too cold to go on.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome!

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  7. rothpoetry says:

    I love your great imagination Lisa. Your wonderful magical boat home would be fantastic… I can see you out there sailing on Lake Mchigan with you solar panel sails! Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m not a sailor quite yet so I’d probably need to have a first mate to do the technical stuff until I learned. I would like to stay along the coast. Way out in the lake is too danged scary for me. Thanks much, Dwight. I’m glad you can see me there.

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  8. What a fun take — why limit ourselves to homes on land??

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re exactly right, Phillip. Being anchored to a land home has its charms, but it is definitely limiting.

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  9. lynn__ says:

    I love your imaginary home on the water, Lisa 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lynn 🙂

      Like

  10. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I would take it! Will you take me for a sail please!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Once I learn to sail! I should have been paying better attention when we sailed.

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  11. ayiekosami says:

    you make me want to be a voyager

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      the first step is the want. you are on your way.

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  12. i so definitely want to come with her. this is dreamy and tender, Ms. Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 ❤ Of course I forgot to mention the guest hammock.

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  13. a dreamboat of a house you built here Lisa – ready for the flood, like Noah

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laura. I want to be ready.

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  14. Aww Li! I would love to join you. 🙂

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  15. sanaarizvi says:

    This is gorgeously, gorgeously rendered 😀 I love; “Her roof is airtight and fitted with solar panels.”💝💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sanaa 🙂

      Like

  16. Helen Dehner says:

    I love this! May I join you on the water? I’m a fine cook!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Heck yes. When I’ve got her on the water, I’ll let you know 🙂

      Like

  17. Xan says:

    Can a guest come along? Being on the water always puts me to sleep so I won’t be much trouble.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Of course! I sleep like a baby on a boat also. The rocking, the sound of the rigging tapping gently and the breeze does it every time.

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  18. I could live with that.

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  19. SelmaMartin says:

    Well, sure! And hammocks too? Oh, my!
    Fantabulous Imagery, and really, whys not!
    At the ready to sail the seven seas, whichever way the wind blows.
    I wonder if a small garden (in a planter) would be too much to ask. I cannot see myself out there without the occasional hand dip in soil.
    Or could I learn to do without it altogether.
    You got me thinking 🤔 💭
    Love it that you did that to me. Thanks.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Selma, the idea is to travel along the fresh water coasts of the Great Lakes States and anchor at night. If possible pull up to the beach, or take the dinghy in to shore. There will be daily contact with soil, have no fear. I like the idea of carrying an herb garden along 🙂 Glad it got you to thinking and thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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