Feb 11, 2015

POETRY PRIZE WINNER
Kevin Gillam
Poem inspired by: Tide Travellers by Edna Broad Project Gallery, 7 March - 29 March 2014

 

 

the moon’s reminder 

prefer boat to ship – sounds rounder, safer –

ten of them, a scattering, at all angles,

paper boats, only paper is for stories

people in one boat, sea unfolding,

wind scuffing cheeks –

prefer boat to ship – sounds fatter, safer

 

caught betwixt and neaped and between,

at the whim of moon’s tug,

a paper boat, only paper is for stories

 

letters and boats make journeys, while

the tide is the moon’s reminder –

prefer boat to ship – sounds rounder, fatter

 

but flotsam needs to be found,

lifted, held in cupped palms,

a paper boat, only paper is for stories

 

so I’m building a jetty of words, line by

plank by line, out to these

paper boats, only paper is for stories –

prefer boat to ship, sounds rounder, safer