A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
TO THE HARBOURMASTER (thanks Frank)
I am still here, anchored in the bay.
I wanted to be sure you could reach me.
I should have left long ago
But I cannot.
In storms and sunsets,
with the dirty washings of the tide,
I am unable to understand the vanity which holds me,
And the rudder in my hand, looking for ways to leave.
I have seen balmy days, shadowy mists,
And sunlit sparkling waters.
To you I offer my hull;
And the tattered rigging of my will;
The terrible channels where the wind
Drives me hard from my anchor.
I have lived balmy days, shadowy mists,
Daily tides: the mud, the curlews, swooping screeching gulls;
Boats forever comings and goings.
Yet I trust the sanity of my vessel.
I hold on. I am still here.
Though endless battering waves, winds and waters
have kept me from you.
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