Le vaisseau d’or

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© Bailey Cooper
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Emile Nelligan is a favorite french poet of mine. I am attracted to the beauty of the words that flowed from a boy, not a man. At age 20 Nelligan went mad and never recovered. Taking in the depth of le vaisseau, it is almost understandable. This is what I imagine as I read his words.

There was a mighty ship, of solid gold ‘twas wrought:
Its masts reached to the sky, over oceans unknown;
The goddess Love herself, flesh bare and hair wind-blown,
Stood sculpted at its bow, in sunshine desert hot.

A treach’rous shoal it struck one dark and stormy eve,
Where sailors sirens’ songs unwitting sweetly lull,
And then a shipwreck dread did sink its golden hull
Into the murky depths, grave granting no reprieve!

There was a ship of gold, and through its ghostly side
Such riches it revealed, for which fell pirates vied,
Neurosis, Hate, Disgust, among themselves, those three.

Ah, what remains, now that the storm no longer teems?
What has my heart become, thus set adrift at sea?
Alas, that ship has sunk in an abyss of dreams!

A great big thanks to Ron LaFond for the photo of the week nomination.

20 responses

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (8 Jan 2013):

    This an amazingly beautiful image, Bailey. I love the colors and the stark contrast and the fluid nature of the image. Absolutely beautiful. It really needs to be mounted and on a gallery wall somewhere. R

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (8 Jan 2013):

    Oh, did I mention this is amazing in "Lightbox" too? R

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (9 Jan 2013):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Haunting and spectacular photo! A MUST for lightbox! Amazing poem too.


    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Beautiful composition!

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Thank you Bailey, wonderful composition,matching a fabulous poem!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Absolutely awesome!!! For sure for the lightbox! The image is so haunting as is the poem, excellent work, Bailey!!!

  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff   gave props (9 Jan 2013):

    Artistic and intriguing, as usual. Such a good artist!

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (11 Jan 2013):

    Freaking awesome, Bailey! Really a fabulous work of art!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh   said (17 Jan 2013):

    Stella, my Dear, stellar!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (18 Jan 2013):

    Thanks to all for the props and comments.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    BLEUErrific AZUREntry into JPG's Theme Park!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (22 Jan 2013):

    powerfully emotional and passionate piece as it relates to our own personal sirens that sweety sing. Some things were not meant for us to have, yet we're convinced that the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest . It is not our destiny, yet no one really needs to tell us that because we want what we want when we want it. A wonderful capture that symbolises such character shortcomings within all humanity.

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski gave props (23 Jan 2013):

    Excellent image, well done.

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (26 Jan 2013):

    fantastic !!!!!! just love this

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   gave props (26 Jan 2013):

    Hilda ~ You either do or you don't. Way to the left of the artistic side of photography. Keeps me out of trouble though... most days.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (26 Jan 2013):

    And thanks to John, James, and Tom for popping by. Appreciated and then some.

  • T ~

    T ~ gave props (28 Jan 2013):

    Absolutely stunning representation of the poignant prose which inspired this beautiful art work, Bailey. The nomination is well-deserved!

  • Jim Bennett

    Jim Bennett   gave props (15 Feb 2013):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Oct 2013):

    winning shot Bailey

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