A Serious Ocean
You know it by the northern look of the shore,
by the salt-worried faces,
by an absence of trees, an abundance of lighthouses.
It's a serious ocean.
North Sea off Carnoustie by Anne Stevenson
Tomorrow will have an island
by William Stafford
Tomorrow will have an island. Before night
I always find it. Then on to the next island.
These places hidden in the day separate
and come forward if you beckon.
But you have to know they are there before they exist.
Some time there will be a tomorrow without any island,
So far, I haven't let that happen, but after
I'm gone others may become faithless and careless.
Before them will tumble the wide unbroken sea,
and without any hope they will stare at the horizon.
So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:
to be a discoverer you hold close whatever
you find, and after a while you decide
what it is. Then, secure in where you have been,
you turn to the open sea and let go.
John Kretschmer Sailing Books! I have written
seven books, and contributed to a couple of others over of the years.
The ongoing success of my memoir, Flirting with Mermaids, surprises
me. It was first published in 1999 and continues to sell in a
trade paperback edition that was released in 2003. The Used Boat Notebook, reprints of my popular column in Sailing Magazine, was published in a new edition in
2006. Signed copies of all my books
can be purchased here, although you'll save money buying them
at Amazon.com and I can just sign them when we go sailing.
John Kretschmer Sailing
Be the most fashionable
sailor on your dock with one of my new T-shirts.
The front of the shirt displays my logo and the
back has a great line drawing of Quetzal (my
beloved Kaufman 47)
and my tagline, "... never lost, just hard to
find" -- no explanation necessary for those of you
who have tried to contact me. --JK
The shirts are available in
grey or navy blue. They are very nice
quality, made of 50% pre-shrunk cotton and 50%
polyester. The shirts are available in men's
large and extra large, other sizes by
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Navy T-Shirt Men's Large
Navy T-Shirt Men's XL
Grey T-Shirt Men's Large
Grey T-Shirt Men's XL
I also have a special shirt
available for the ladies, available by
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is made of 95% cotton and 5% Spandex. It has
the same graphics and is only available in black.
The cost is $24.95 plus $5 shipping.
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