At Sea

I've spent the day sailing from Denmark en route to Estonia--and having never done anything like this before--I feared claustrophobia. Instead, I realized that I could stare at the waves for hours--meditatively--especially if the said process is accompanied by the right kind of music.  (And I'm not talking about incessantly--jokingly--quoting Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Coleridge's original by extension.)

I'm not very musical, but I compensate by having a heightened sense of pattern recognition, especially the visual kind. So I stood eight floors above sea level for quite some time just observing the waves emanating from the ship and matching them to one of my favorite Japanese musical projects as if this were a live, hypnotic music video. The largest, choppiest, white-crested waves created by the vessel's engine--pushing us ahead at 15 knots across the Baltic--stood for fast-paced, distorted, metallic guitar riffs, whereas the song's principal melody coincided with slower, gentler outlier waves mimicking its underlying rhythm. And then, of course, there were the deep, wailing vocals speaking to the waters' raw elemental power itself. 

"Morje" in my native Russian, "mer" in French, "mare" in Latin, and "marr" in Old Norse are all derived from the original Indo-European stem "mori." And to me, "morje" is a confusing mix of fear and fascination: I was born of, and my loyalty is with a telluric power, yet my preferred sport is long-distance swimming, not to mention some historic and cultural interest in the seafaring nations. 

There is just one more thing: there are no clouds, but I can't see the Moon.

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