poetry and prose about place

abandoned boat

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On Monday, we drove to Black’s Harbour.  On the new highway, where it crosses the inland dregs of Oak Bay, the ice was broken into big sheets along the shore.  There, in the icy debris, was an abandoned fishing boat, a wreck.  Although I have never seen it before, it has probably been there a long time.

abandoned fishing boat


Foggy Molly


she had a sixth sense –

kicked in on a grey day

when mists lobbed across the bow

and thickened her passage

she loved flat water

and a blanket of fog


she was nervous of a big sea,

preferred to be tied, snug

to the wharf,

to lift and settle,

to lift and settle

moved by the inhalation,

the exhalation

of the tides


ironic – she broke up

at berth, waiting for a re-fit

smashed by a nor’easter

and cleavers of ice



Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

January 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

10 Responses

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  1. As always you are an inspiration to me! Moving and elegant. Thanks Jane! 🙂

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    January 19, 2015 at 8:52 pm

  2. Great verse, Jane!


    Watching Seasons

    February 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  3. The unexpected juxtaposition of the boat and the ice make an awesome picture.



    February 1, 2013 at 12:34 am

    • Hi Sheryl. Thanks. We had to drive back to get the photo, but it was worth it. Wrecks are always fastinating, and a little tragic, to see. Jane


      jane tims

      February 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

  4. beautiful!



    January 31, 2013 at 4:26 am

  5. I love how you’ve personalized the boat and given her a voice! Nice photo too!



    January 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

    • Hi. Thanks for the comment! Foggy Molly would do well here today… with our warm weather, the fog has moved in, thick and difficult to navigate. Jane


      jane tims

      January 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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