Poem: Adrift

This poem was previously shared over on Claire Musters’ site as part of an interview with her. If you haven’t come across her work before, hop over there now and have a look – she’s about to publish a new non-fiction book called ‘Taking Off the Mask’.

But in case you missed it, I thought I’d share it here too. This is a poem about that awkward feeling of not being fully in control of your life – and how that discomfort teaches us so much!


Set adrift in the dark
when the last blaze of evening colour
turns quiet on the waters
all her safety net routines in that sky furnace

how many meetings of the board
and quantifiable philosophies
did it take to rationalise the need
for that stealthy trip to shore?

They loosed the ropes
murmuring agreements and best interests
pushed this little boat to the tides
and she awoke to no landmarks
but blue horizons all around

and soon
she knows
she’ll be dancing on the waters

waves teem with songs like you’ve never heard
to be adrift in arms that catch you each time
is to be secure in the storm
so that not knowing is its own kind of certainty

direction comes in its own time
with a breath to the sails
though we’ve lost much that seemed precious
nothing’s lost in this place

secure in the storm (1)

15 thoughts on “Poem: Adrift

  1. Lucy Mitchell says:

    Loved this Claire. I am not a big reader of poetry but I am starting to appreciate it more. I get caught up with certain lines of poetry. For me I loved ‘waves teem with songs’ and ‘murmuring agreements and best interests’ – lovely words.


  2. thebeasley says:

    This is so very beautiful & moving. I love so many lines, but “soon she knows she’ll be dancing on the waters” sounds so full of hope and freedom.
    “Adrift in the arms that catch you each time” is just gorgeous and wonderfully reassuring.
    “Nothing’s lost in this place” is again full of so much hope and reassurance.
    I really loved this, Claire. Am feeling quite emotional now x


    • Claire Wong says:

      Wow, thanks so much Hayley. I haven’t shared much poetry on here up to now because *gulp* it’s scary when people read what you’ve written! Your response is so encouraging – ‘hope and freedom’ is just what I hoped people would take from these words.

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      • thebeasley says:

        I can relate to the vulnerable feeling of publishing your work. I feel like that when I publish a post I’ve put a lot of my heart into. So glad you did x


  3. Ritu says:

    “direction comes in its own time
    with a breath to the sails
    though we’ve lost much that seemed precious
    nothing’s lost in this place”

    Your last stanza speaks volumes to me! Never be scared to share your poetic voice, it is wonderful!


  4. Bryntin says:

    I am not usually one for poetry, a limerick or bad comedy haiku is more my intellectual level but I love this and I think I’ll re-read it again to relax with on a nice quiet Sunday evening when in a more reflective mood.

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  5. Kelsey says:

    I swoon at the lines “and she awoke to no landmarks/but blue horizons all around.” All of your words are so wonderfully chosen, but these are my favorite – no landmarks is frightening, but being surrounded by calming blues and the implication of a fresh beginning make it all seem so hopeful. Thank you for sharing!


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