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An Anchor Cast Off September 20, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Nature, Poetry.

Moments of Freedom
Paddling on the Manatee
Celebrating change

An anchor cast off
With notarized signatures
On the deed of sale

Pulling together
Our oars hit an even stride
At last, we’re in sync

Aah . . . that’s better!

 A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~ Lao Tzu

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Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.


1. suzicate - September 20, 2011

I love this…in sync you are!

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

Thanks, Suzi. Sometimes selling our “stuff” is as liberating as setting sail.

2. adeeyoyo - September 20, 2011

Aah yes, Nancy, we have to be in sync or we’ll be drained dry!

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

There is nothing like entering the “flow of life” and enjoying some smooth sailing. 😀

3. spilledinkguy - September 20, 2011

You certainly are a master-o-prose…
(I just hope this doesn’t mean I have to ditch of my beer can helmet)!

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

Not at all! God so loved the world that she created beer, wine and other spirits for our enjoyment! 😉

4. gospelwriter - September 20, 2011

There are times when we have to be in sync – if we want to get anywhere, that is. 😉 The image is stunning…

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

Rod’s paintings pair perfectly with poetry posts. 😀

5. jannatwrites - September 20, 2011

That’s funny – SuziCate used the same quote on her post.

I liked the poem. A journey is more fun when we’re in synch, rather than wasting energy struggling with forces around us.

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

What’s even funnier . . . I just “stole” it from her post! 😉

Entering the flow . . . gettting in the zone . . . allows us to use all our energy for forward momentum . . . instead of just paddling in circles!

6. kateshrewsday - September 20, 2011

A boat on an open sea is such a fabulous metaphor, Nancy. Beautiful.

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

Thanks, Kate. We have so many anchors holding us back . . . casting them off is liberating indeed. 😀

7. ceceliafutch - September 20, 2011

Yes. . . beautiful. “At last we’re in sync. . .” Isn’t that what we hope for! I know I do. Thanks for a beautiful post.

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

Thanks, Cecelia. It’s wonderful to be in sync . . . no longer swimming against the current, or exhausting ourselves by paddling in circles.

8. souldipper - September 20, 2011

I smell the aroma of peace. Great poem, Nancy. (I thought maybe you whipped up that painting from the heron photo I took! )

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

I loved that heron in your post . . . hanging out waiting for a fish.

We are fortunate to have great blue herons, egrets, pelicans, and spoonbills on our lagoon almost every day ~ often less than 10 feet from where I’m standing. I have yet to paint one. One day soon. Perhaps. We’ll see. 😉

9. Julie - September 20, 2011

Gorgeous painting! I love herons.

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

We enjoyed the occasional heron in MD, but now that we are in FL, they are a constant presence. Love it!

10. Patricia - September 20, 2011

“Celebrating change”

I am working on that one–not quite there yet.

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

Some changes we want to hasten . . . others we resist. The latter are harder to celebrate. 😉

11. brainrants - September 20, 2011

Is there subliminal stuff in this post? I feel somehow more relaxed now. Creepy.

nrhatch - September 20, 2011


You are in a deep state of relaxation . . .

Who are you calling CREEPY? 😆

12. jeanne - September 20, 2011

I find the sound of water incredibly soothing. Obviously the thought of water has the same affect.

nrhatch - September 20, 2011

Just looking at the painting relaxes me. Aah . . . that’s better.

13. Cindy - September 21, 2011

Perfectly inspirational 🙂

nrhatch - September 21, 2011

Thanks, Cin. We’re either in the flow, or not ~ when we are the dividends are enormous (increased energy, enthusiasm, and synchronicity).

14. ElizOF - September 21, 2011

Inspired! Love that heron in the water color… 🙂

nrhatch - September 21, 2011

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Seeing his paintings always makes me want to stop what I’m doing and start painting.

15. earlybird - September 21, 2011

Thoughtful poem – a start of a new voyage… a continuation of one already in progress… LOVE that heron.

nrhatch - September 21, 2011

At times, it feels we’re battling windmills . . . as if one obstacle after another is being tossed into our path by an unseen hand.

And then there are stretches of golden synchronicity . . . where we are in sync with the flow of life and we glide effortlessly from one task to the next.

I far prefer the latter. 😀

16. Tilly Bud - September 21, 2011

Gorgeous pic to complement your poem.

nrhatch - September 21, 2011

His brilliant strokes illuminate my words . . . giving them greater depth of mea . . .


Never mind. 😆

17. Team Oyeniyi - September 21, 2011

I love that artwork! Truly lovely, would go perfectly in my lounge room.

nrhatch - September 21, 2011

Check out the Heron Dance site when you have the chance ~ you might find just what you looking for . . .

The site is changing, but I believe they still sell paintings, prints, notecards, and calendars.

18. CMSmith - September 23, 2011

Love the quote. Sorry I haven’t been here in a while. Been reading on my iPad, and for some reason I was having trouble with your posts on that. It’s a mystery.

nrhatch - September 23, 2011

Thanks, Christine. Sorry that SLTW isn’t compatible with your iPad. Is there some setting that I haven’t set?

19. CMSmith - September 23, 2011

I don’t know. I don’t think so. I could read most of the post, but then it just stopped. I couldn’t tell if it was at the end, and I couldn’t get to the comments.

nrhatch - September 23, 2011

Thanks. I’ll see if there is something else that must be activated.

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