Poem ‘Boats’

Boats

One of these boats is mine,
let’s say this one right here,
all ship-shape
and eager for the tide.
So come on, take my hand
I’ll show you around,
there’s no time to lose
because summer’s on its way
and I can feel the warm winds
arrive on this scented ocean air,
promising to take us beyond
that blue-on-blue horizon
to those lands unimagined
in all our dreaming

We shan’t follow the tireless tern
who labours from pole to pole
every year of his life,
merely to survive.
No, ours are the balmy seas
and first port will be St Tropez.
We’ll saunter ’round as if we own it,
then sail slowly on hugging Italy’s leg
all the way to Venice,
where we’ll flop onto chairs in Florian’s,
order the most exorbitant espressos
and demolish bite-sized cakes

And after that? Well,
I propose we simply wander,
let the currents of nature and time
take us where they will.
Because you see, there are no plans,
no timetable.
We’ve earned this shot at life— at living—
this precious smiling space

poem and image © copyright df barker 2012

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51 comments

  1. Ina · April 10, 2012

    Hi David
    Oh, how I would love to be on board 🙂 lovely drifting without worries 🙂
    A beautiful poem!

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  2. Cynthia Ann Katon-Alfonso · April 10, 2012

    Your painting is simply fascinating! Great poem too, David!

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  3. Soma Mukherjee · April 10, 2012

    Oh beautiful what a lovely dream journey it will be to sail around and embrace life as it comes …
    [My Hubby was a shippie and i sailed with him to some of the loveliest places in the world..some days they were ,ocean life,ocean dreams,twinkling night sky, far away islands,a ship in ocean and ocean in me]
    beautiful painting David 🙂

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  4. claudia · April 10, 2012

    nice…you know…flopping onto chairs in Florian’s,
    ordering the most exorbitant espressos
    and demolishing bite-sized cakes sounds just like the perfect things to do…

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  5. claudia · April 10, 2012

    think my comment just disappeared…what i wanted to say is…i just think that spending the day with flopping onto chairs in Florian’s,
    ordering the most exorbitant espressos
    and demolishing bite-sized cakes…ist just the perfect thing to do…smiles

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  6. Craig Considine · April 10, 2012

    Brilliant.

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  7. susanjanejones · April 10, 2012

    Sounds good….

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  8. E A M Harris · April 10, 2012

    A lovely poem. I particularly like the picture of a boat ‘eager for the tide’. I also really like the painting. Thank you for posting both.

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  9. jmmcdowell · April 10, 2012

    Love the imagery of wandering with the currents.

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  10. susangeckle · April 10, 2012

    I like the last line best: “this precious smiling space.” The whole poem and painting is lovely and uncluttered. Bravo!

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  11. Victoria C. Slotto · April 10, 2012

    What time are we leaving!!! This gave me a sense of the excitement of impending warm weather.

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  12. Millie Ho · April 10, 2012

    You’re very talented.

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  13. magsx2 · April 10, 2012

    Hi,
    Enjoyment on the sea, I love your poem, and a very nice painting as well. 🙂

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  14. Fergiemoto · April 10, 2012

    I like the journey you bring out in this poem. Lovely!

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  15. J Matthew Waters · April 11, 2012

    lovely poem, just lovely. all my best to you and yours.

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  16. sevilleestatesflyer · April 11, 2012

    Exquisiite! When your ready to set sail,please take me.I could watch out for those infamous pirates.Perhaps be your chief cook and bottlewasher.”Shiver me timbers matey”.

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  17. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Ina, thank you very much!

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  18. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much Cynthia!

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  19. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Soma, once again thank you very much!

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  20. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Claudia thank you so much!

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  21. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Craig thank you very much!

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  22. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much Susan

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  23. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much, I’m grateful!

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  24. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you so much, I am grateful.

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  25. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much, Susan, I am very grateful.

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  26. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you Victoria, if only I could sail outside of my dreams..!

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  27. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much Millie.

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  28. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Once again Mags, I am very grateful – thank you.

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  29. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much for your comments!

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  30. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much J – I’m grateful to you.

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  31. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much! If only I could really sail, other than in my dreams!!!

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  32. davidlandgrebe · April 11, 2012

    Beautiful painting David, and great little boat ride, I enjoyed the trip.
    There is a tiny edit you need to do in the first stanza (I can feel the warm winds)
    You are really a great painter, you must sell a few?
    Ps: I have called you by your middle name in the past my apologies.
    Look forward to your next work of art.
    Cheers.
    David. L

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  33. dfb · April 11, 2012

    David, thank you very much for pointing the error out – and me a proof reader as well! (well, sort of..) Anyhow, I’m grateful to you for that. Yes, don’t worry about my name, David of Francis will do. 🙂

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  34. jane tims · April 11, 2012

    Hi. I like the ‘chattiness’ of this poem… the painting is full of movement and the sky lifts your eye upward. Jane

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  35. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Once again, thank you very much Jane.

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  36. Carol Steel · April 11, 2012

    This lovely on so many levels. The painting calls me into it and the images in the poem…they sooth my soul and offer richness to my daydreams. The whole blog is restful and energizing at the same time. Thank you for sharing this.

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  37. dfb · April 11, 2012

    Thank you very much Carol.

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  38. Three Well Beings · April 11, 2012

    Such a beautiful painting accompanying a dream! Beautiful words for what would surely be bliss! Debra

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  39. Francina · April 11, 2012

    delightful poem. I really enjoyed reading, David.

    Ciao, Francina

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  40. Russell Smith · April 11, 2012

    The poem and the watercolor go so well together. As if they were made for each other. Kudos!

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  41. dfb · April 12, 2012

    Thank you very much Debra!

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  42. dfb · April 12, 2012

    Thank you once again Francina!

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  43. dfb · April 12, 2012

    Thank you very much once again Russell!

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  44. Betty Hayes Albright · April 13, 2012

    I love this, David – makes me want to float there, to that “precious smiling space” !

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  45. dfb · April 13, 2012

    Thank you again Betty!

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  46. granbee · April 13, 2012

    Such wonderful dreams of lazy boating all over the Atlantic coast and the Med! This painting is one of my favorites of yours, by the way!

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  47. dfb · April 14, 2012

    I am very grateful Granbee! Thank you very much!

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  48. Lindy Lee · April 16, 2012

    There are far too few “smiling spaces” these days. Nice, dreamy poem, your “Boats”. Your art draws in this follower, sharp yet ever so slightly out of focus colors. Your blues & greens always spectacular; a style all your own…

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  49. dfb · April 17, 2012

    Lindy, thank you so much, you are very kind!

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  50. bardessdmdenton · April 18, 2012

    ‘I propose we simply wander,
    let the currents of nature and time
    take us where they will.’

    …this certainly took me to a smiling space…floating off on the current of your words into the calm and colors of your painting.

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  51. dfb · April 19, 2012

    Thank you so much!!!

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