Sunday, 12 March 2017


One of my poems was accepted into an International Poetry Competition today - the result published in May.

Not sure how it will come out here, it's okay in 'Word' but gets temperamental when posted elsewhere.




                                                                    I like flags.
                                                                              a  Set
                                                           fore  Sails
                                                     sail  is    Flapping
                                               not for sale  In the wind.
                                           you  may find   Makes one think
                                       that you need it    Of  flying far off like
                                    rather badly in a    Some Albatross set free
                                 wind or in a gale       From land and those grassy ties
        I                    and  without it  find      That shore can bring, although I do
           do      others quickly up your tail    Like being a landlocked Shipwright it's part
                 like                                            of
                       boatbuilding it's                  my                                                      
                           such a large part of my life. I love the smell of the wood as I cut and plane it.
                              Listen to the music of the parts that go to make a boat, each such poetry:
                                      tumblehome and transom; hog and hogson; apron and the thwart                
                                           gutter and garboard strakes of planking: clinker & hard chine
                                                       but alas, without a keel,
                                                              where would we be?
                                                                   capsized and upside
                                                                       down, swimming
                                                                               deep beneath
                                                                                          the sea.



  1. Fantastic! Well done on having the patience to write it in that form. Valerie

  2. Congrats, John! What a wonderful poem as well as your sense of humour. Best wishes, Sadami

  3. So, so, so very clever, John! No wonder it will be published! Is there no end to your talents? You AMAZE me!

  4. Is there nothing you can not do John! You are a brilliant writer and it must've take you ages to lay it out like that! Congratulations! Very well deserved :0)

  5. Congratulations John! And well deserved, too!

  6. Oh my! You must have good nerves doing this! It looks GREAT! You are so creative.Wishing you good luck.

  7. Congratulations John...this is wonderful!!!
    Your creativity knows no bounds!
    You are a talented writer~