"On the Wharves, Gloucester Harbor" by Fitz Henry Lane‘Sail Fever’ and Other Poetry by David Watt The Society July 14, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 8 Comments Sail Fever I knew some terms, the merest germs Of illness called ‘Sail Fever’: Tack starboard, port, keep mainsail taut, Steer boat by tiller lever! One Saturday, beside the bay, A salesman full of running Cast practised spiel of salty zeal, Sheer confidence and cunning. He said, “This boat will stay afloat Through any storm or bluster, And in the main, she won’t complain, No matter skills you muster. Commanding crew of one or two, They’ll call you Captain, Sir! With Captain’s hat, windblown cravat – A sight to make one stir! In years ahead, when home in bed, You’ll love your purchase bold; A bargain bought, Life’s high-tides caught! (May I mark as SOLD?)” I met defeat, not through deceit, But pitch designed most clever; The pull of sea to large degree, A dream of sails forever. About to gloat, with sailing boat, A bill of sale to show it; There came a thought of some import – I had no means to tow it! Take Me With You, Kangaroo Take me with you on your travels As the day to night unravels. Let us savour scent of wattle Sweeter than a perfume bottle. Lead me where the gullies green Glisten in the ev’ning sheen, And the birds in nervous haste Leave behind pale aftertaste. And as darkness settles in What a wondrous sight to win! Stars of brightness amplified, Peace which cannot be denied. Although you are a kangaroo, Beneath your grey beats heart most true; Never wishing more than what Night time brings – content with lot. On the balance of Life’s scales Who’s to say who wins, who fails? The winner may well be a roo, With joys abounding, troubles few! David Watt is a writer from Canberra, the “Bush Capital” of Australia. He has contributed regularly to Collections of Poetry and Prose by Robin Barratt. When not working for IP (Intellectual Property) Australia, he finds time to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of traditional rhyming poetry. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 8 Responses David Paul Behrens July 14, 2018 Nice poems. In particular, I like the cadence of rhymes in Sail Fever. Very enjoyable. Reply David Watt July 14, 2018 Thank you David! I am glad you find a rhythmic flow to ‘Sail Fever’. Reply Amy Foreman July 14, 2018 I thought these were fun, David! Thanks for the smile . . . Reply James A. Tweedie July 15, 2018 Witty as always, David. Keep ’em comin’! Your efforts may not be “high poetry” but they’re not be “low poetry,” either. As far as I’m concerned, they’re “Just Right!” Always as pleasure. Reply David Watt July 15, 2018 Thank you very much Amy and James! Reply E. V. July 19, 2018 The end of Sail Fever made me laugh! Thank you. Both poems were enjoyable. Reply David Watt July 19, 2018 Thanks E.V. I’m glad you enjoyed these. Reply James Sale July 24, 2018 Sail Fever made me laugh, David – thank you! Sometimes we need relief, and as they say, laughter is the best medicine!! Well done. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.