The Wind out of Your Sails

Sailing with a Full Wind

Takes the Wind out of Your Sails

No doubt you’ve heard that expression; you’re all fired up, ready to go, full of enthusiasm, then – just when you don’t expect it – you feel deflated.  It might be a moment’s indecision or doubt, feeling ill, or it might be that someone else has put the kibosh on it or fate has played a hand.  

Whichever way, you’re full of disappointment and feel let down – by others or by yourself.

Someone mentioned it to me the other day so I got to thinking….


Takes the Wind out of Your Sails (Poem)

There we are, sailing pretty, canvas billowing, making headway,

hopes fixed on a clear horizon, then the clouds loom into view.

The air suspended, stifled, heavy, doldrums hit, we flounder, drift,

canvas wilts, momentum slacking – what is this?  I have no clue!

From one of us, a dim light flickers, willing us to fix our minds,

if we will it, breath will lift us, reignite, horizon find.

Storm clouds clear, blue sky beckons, hope is on that crest ahead.


Sailing the Storms

Life is a voyage which can lead you across land, rivers and seas, wherever you let it.  On the other hand, it may be a voyage against your will.  

A voyage is an adventure, a necessity, a longed-for visit, or a dare, where we have to choose the paths we follow along the way, or by contrast we are led by circumstance, limited choice or no choice at all.

Sailing along through life without a care in the world or weathering the storms on a crest of a wave or down into the depths of a powerful swell, we find ourselves at the mercy of the oceans pulling, tossing and spitting us out onto the shore or, heaven forbid, dragging us down for ever.

What makes a difference?

Strength of character can steer our course, physical strength can make us pull the rudder to right or left; alternatively we can follow a route straight down the middle.

How do we know which way to go?  Pot luck?  Gut feeling? Educated guess?  Maybe the courage to follow our soul, our sense of adventure, our  faith in life or in our God.

There isn’t always time to stop and choose because circumstance dictates that we have to make a split decision, react on the spot.

Go with your instinct, go with your intuition, go with your soul!  

That way you will truly feel that life is what you make it, for better or worse, learning along the way.


For more works by this author see Ann Carr on The Creative Exiles.

You can also read more works by Ann Carr on Hubpages.

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Ann Carr

I love writing; short stories, poems, fiction and non-fiction. My time in teaching dyslexics, primary, secondary and adults, life with grandchildren and a multitude of experiences, all have taught me to value family, nature and life in general. I'm a member of HubPages ( which has helped me hone my writing skills. I have published an anthology of stories and poems on the subject of 'words', entitled 'Take a Word!', designed to encourage writers to stretch their boundaries when choosing words. It's exciting to be a part of a community which has the same passion for writing.

6 thoughts on “The Wind out of Your Sails

  • January 8, 2023 at 8:29 AM

    Beautiful and true your message kits the target Ann. I love your poetry and the presentation of your ideas it is bold and a joy to read. Jamie

  • January 11, 2023 at 6:31 AM

    Thank you for your kind comments, Phyllis.
    Much appreciated and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • January 11, 2023 at 5:59 PM

    Doesn’t it always seem the way that something puts the kibosh on the best laid plans. Life has a funny way about it. I do love the positive message you are conveying. Nice work Ann. ~Paul

  • January 12, 2023 at 12:43 AM

    Thank you, Paul. I appreciate your kind words. Yes, life has a way of springing surprises!

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