Friday, 15 September 2017

Thomas the Captain!

Does it have a name, this yellow boat
Stuck in dry dock; and can it float?
Thomas – Captain on the deck
Peaked cap but lacking epaulette -

Grips the wheel with all his might
Determined to keep land in sight!
What thoughts assail his boyish mind?
The real sea can be unkind.

But here ashore, he pits his wits
Against a small skiff, not tall ships
Which brought the settlers long ago
To the Australia we know ...

(c) Poet in the woods 2017

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