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The Ship & Brye

The Ship & Brye

Misty Lake Night Sky, Algonquin & Brye July 05 2013

Photo by

 Michael Wisniewski

Brye Andrew David Briggs, Misty Lake, July 05, 2013 Algonquin
40th Birthday Celebration Portage

Photo by

Michael Wisniewski

The Ship

Prose by

 Brye Andrew David Briggs


It is incredible the weight they pull on the keel.

The beak seems to constantly point downward into the dark depths below - into the abyss from which there is no return. It as if the demons pulling on it were made of osmium.  The sea seems to thrash its way through the deck as the big jibs draw forth and the top gallants are yanked to one side by cruel and wicked dark spirits with even greater force.  The mains flap, yet are collapsed for the most part as it becomes apparent that this is a totally unnatural phenomenon surrounding me and my ship.  A speck within the vastness of the sea aimlessly nearing the chaotic edges of the earth, blindly and dangerously through the valleys of darkness I find myself clinging to the wheel in full awareness that I am at the mercy of my ship and powers that put me here in the first place.  A place of unforgiving desperation and helplessness that I have endured before… thank God.  

Instead of being overwhelmed, I dig deep as I sometimes must and steady the wheel.  I begin to remember who I am and why I am here - I am prepared for this journey.  I will stay the course.  I know where I am and I know what it takes to get through these torrent waters.  I chose this ship with great vision and my faith in it will prevail and so shall I.

Damned are those demons and dark spirits and damned are those unearthly works at hand and damned will I be should I allow myself to succumb to those weaker and pathetic powers.  I have a light in me that can easily shine through the darkness and I will unleash it with great vengeance and that time that has come.  I have new skies, new seas, new lands and new discoveries that give me new and undying purpose.

There was never a destination in the first place only the path; a path worth paving so that they too could learn for themselves that the path is the most important part of their lives.  Pay attention to the path and they just might get lucky. 

I may be only a small part of what I call the big picture, but a  part I am.  Trials and tribulations are part of everyone's journey.  True they are completely different from the next persons, but I ask how far your journey will take you ?  Learn from every lesson.  Grow from every struggle and one day you may be ready to surge on.  We all need explorers.   For without them, we are nothing.  How rare it is, for someone to find exactly what they are looking for.
It is with every new lesson or discovery that we not only discover a part of our self, but open a link to the next person to discover their own truth.  

I say smile in the face of adversity and remember that every challenge brings you closer to your truth.  Keep the spirit nurtured and never give in to those forces trying to hold you back from your true destiny.  Leave them all behind and find out who you really are.  Discover yourself.  There are no limits within your imagination, so don’t be afraid to let it guide you from time to time.

Learn, study, grow and prosper, but remember the imagination combined with some sort of faith regardless of what it is, be it God, Allah, Om, Wakeguru, Gitchi Manitou, the Eighth Dynamic, some other Supreme Being or force, or even our family,  can be and are all very powerful.  Combine your imagination with your faith, without prejudice, and see what can become of this world or better yet, what can become of yours.

My ship is my family and in that I have faith.  Strong, relentless, unwavering, crafty, wise, always improving and never ending.  I will stay the course and my ship will become part of tomorrow’s path and tomorrow's journey and along the way its very own discoveries.   

The Tall Ship

A Work in Progress









More To Come

Photo by

 Michael Wisniewski

~ Brye Andrew David Briggs 2013 ~

Photo by
  Michael Wisniewski

Happy 40th Bryso
July 2013

May the wind always be at your back,
steady as she goes

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The Tall Ships

A Work in Process


  1. Another spectacular piece Mom. I cannot understand why the whole world isn't reading this blog and busting down the door for an Imelda Maguire original. Perplexing.

  2. All is as it should be Shandso, more exciting than anything is that you are here too Shand!

    I love you all so very much!