Holding Ground | Watching Weather

Holding Ground | Watching Weather


Pairings Matted Set - This open edition print and poem set is matted and ready to frame. The paper size is 8.5 x 11 inches, and the overall, matted size is approximately 14 x 18 inches.

Philip Conkling’s accompanying poem . . .

Watching Weather

Times were we hauled back,
And took a holding turn, 
Then hauled again until 
Hull down with ice or stone 
We crested the far horizon.

We’re practical people, god knows,
And have weathered tragedy.
But nothing like when our schooners 
Grounded out hard ashore,
After steam and coal were kings.

You get used to watching weather,
Because it tells our future.
Through lowering clouds 
You can sense the sea change
Now building in a freshening gale.

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