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.

57 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 (Deleted) 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 (Deleted) 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 (Deleted) 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

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 May 2014):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (1 May 2014):

    oh yes...my vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 May 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (1 May 2014):

    Back to vote.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 May 2014):

    Fantastic, voted!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (2 May 2014):

    Magical!! Voted!!!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (3 May 2014):

    Beyond words....very well done

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (3 May 2014):

    voted too

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (6 May 2014):


  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (6 May 2014):

    Got my vote!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (9 May 2014):


  • Euronimia Jesus

    Euronimia Jesus gave props (10 May 2014):

    Love it!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (10 May 2014):


  • Roberto Larrazolo

    Roberto Larrazolo gave props (11 May 2014):

    Wonderful composition! My vote.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2014):

    Magnificent - voted!

  • Mike Melnotte

    Mike Melnotte gave props (11 May 2014):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (13 May 2014):


  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (15 May 2014):

    My Vote!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (20 Jun 2014):

    Nice, GMV!

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2014):

    Wow, this one is amazing!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (20 Jun 2014):

    fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go said (20 Jun 2014):

    when I saw this image, the first thing that comes to my mind is....fluid. Then I have to go and search the definition of the word and this is what I found out:
    a substance, as a liquid or gas, that is capable of flowing and that changes its shape at a steady rate when acted upon by a force tending to change its shape.

    Bailey, you always makes me go into a deep thought with your images...and that is great!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Jun 2014):


  • Daniel Zuercher

    Daniel Zuercher gave props (30 Jun 2014):

    Outstanding! My vote

  • Mark Andrews

    Mark Andrews (Deleted) gave props (8 Jul 2014):


  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (8 Jul 2014):

    Gorgeous image....voted !

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (9 Jul 2014):

    Thanks for sharing this awesome poem. You stunning image is a perfect fit. Voted!

  • Lon Casler Bixby

    Lon Casler Bixby   gave props (10 Jul 2014):

    Oh yeah... this is nice - voted :)

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (14 Jul 2014):

    Hauntingly beautiful.

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (18 Jul 2014):

    Scylla or Charybdis, it's a winner either way..

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (24 Jul 2014):


  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (24 Jul 2014):

    Very creative! Well done. Got my vote.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (24 Aug 2014):

    Heck yeah this is way RAD!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (26 Aug 2014):

    This is perfect!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (26 Aug 2014):

    B R A V O !

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (26 Aug 2014):

    1000 Votes!

  • Lev Lerner

    Lev Lerner gave props (8 Nov 2014):

    Masterpiece! Congrats!

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