Thursday, March 12, 2015

Small Vessel
(A miniature boat found in a medieval hoard in Derry, North Ireland

Like a gold-plated half-avocado
with a hatpin mast,
beansprout rudder,
oars as slender as dragonfly-torsos,
How fragile, our contraptions;
uninsurable storms!
What sail
Could we use?
A petal?

I trust in your arms. 

Copyright © 2008, Elise Partridge. Reprinted with permission of Stephen Partridge and the publisher, from Chameleon Hours by Elise Partridge (House of Anansi Press Inc., 2008).

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