Sailing

One Word

One Word

or,¬†Dolphin Delight By Jackie Leavitt I look off the back of the boat, staring at our lifeless lures trailing behind us, bobbing along in the deep blue-gray water. We’ve had no fish action yet since we left Portsmouth, Dominica, a few hours earlier. Bueller leaves […]

An Island is a Snowflake

An Island is a Snowflake

Or How Each Caribbean Island Differs From One Another By Jackie Leavitt When I flew into the Dominican Republic in mid-March two months ago, it was the first time I had set foot on any Caribbean island. My perception of this area came from Internet […]

Siren’s Call

Siren’s Call

By Jackie Leavitt The sailboat sits alone and empty, rocking back and forth on the ocean’s breath as the sun shines down on its white hull and the red buoy that ties it to place. The wind whines, asking for attention from the wandering-eyed sailor, […]

Why Don’t You Love Me?

Why Don’t You Love Me?

By Jackie Leavitt Solar deity, Why do you not turn your benevolent face upon mine, But rather prefer to scorch my skin, White in surrender, Now turned scarlet under your fury? Like King Midas, Your light touch turns Other glistening bodies golden, But mine, you […]

A Lobster Tradition

A Lobster Tradition

By Jackie Leavitt Logan swaggered from the crashing waves toward our small group standing on the beach edge of one of the Seven Brother islands off the Monte Cristi coast in the Dominican Republic. He clutched in one hand a long, yellow spear with three […]

A Sailor’s Insignificance

A Sailor’s Insignificance

By Jackie Leavitt Out on the deck, you can see the lumbering rollers gather their mass, swell up and ooze toward you, then under you, lifting the sailboat up in a side-to-side rock. If you were on a beach, you would be sure that they […]