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My Little Boat

Updated on May 2, 2011

In homage to, "Paddle To The Sea."

With my pocket knife I whittled
A piece of pine, nondescript,
By convention belittled.
I cut myself when I slipped.

Naturally, I bled.
I guessed part of my work would be red.

Wounded, more determined,
I, more mindful, sliced
Slivers from the wood,
Falling clean and bright
Around my work shoes,
A pile of little sticks
That might have been matches,
Except they had no heads.

I carved out a hull
Fit for Thor and Odin
To sail out to break skulls,
Or if not to sail, then to row in.

Cheating a little,
I used a stout dowel
For a mast and spars
On which to hang a sail.

Her sail was a bit of denim shirt
That I had worn to pieces
As I lived.

Threaded steel rod
On her keel
To keep her upright,
Her rat lines
To keep her mast
Standing straight,

My longboat ready,
I stuck her in the snow,
Sail unfurled,
Ready to go,
On the bank
Above the creek,

That leads to the lake
That leads to the locks
That leads to the river
That leads to the ocean
That leads to the world.

I never went back
To see if she made it,
But in my heart
I see her sailing


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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I am sure she will flow along easily and will also weather many a storm for you

      I vote this one up plus awesome..

      Take care Tom,


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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Yes, may she! Thank you, Chspublish.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      \may she sail for forever, like your words.

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, Marlansifter! Since I have begun to read my work out sometimes I think it has made me make it more speakable.

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      marlanasifter 6 years ago from Sanford, NC, USA

      Oh I love this! It sounds so good read aloud - no difficult breathing points or unpleasant groups of hard consonants - clean, crisp, precise, yet flowing like the drift of the sea.

      Thank you for sharing this with us!