“Become Like the Sea, A Vessel”

Karen George created “Become Like the Sea, A Vessel” from “Circe’s Palace” in Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1853). Please click here to read.

About the poem and the process of composing it, Karen George writes:

I selected Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “Circe’s Palace” because I liked the title, and after browsing the words on its pages, decided on page 73 because several words pulled me in:  sea, vessel, lace, green, wonder, and cove.  I began working forward and backward to see what words went with them to form some kind of scene, image, or idea.


Also by Karen George at Heron Tree: “The Wait,” “Lip of the Well,” “In the Well,” “In Sleep’s Cape,” “Eve Takes to the Air,” and “Ars Poetica.”