Ship

shape

even

keel

storm

warning

heavy

             swell

                                                                                    rough

sea

                                                                      side                             

swipe

rudder

less

a d                      i           f

                                                 r                          t

cargo

shift

off

kilter     

ballast

dangerous

list

jettison

MAYDAY

MAYDAY

abandon

ship

sink

flare

up

life

boat

crew

manifest

bill

of

laden

salvage

                        attempt

salvage

attempt

insurance

policy

claims

list

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NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Nine prompt: list poem…asked for “to do list”…but this is a poem about listing.

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CLP 09/04/2021

Ein Deutscher Soldat

I was frightened, of course, when we took to the air,

I’d never been over the German Ocean before,

but I was reminded as I looked across to my right

of safety in numbers in this bomber flight.

.

The Sun was still licking the line of the Norfolk shore

as we wheeled inland toward Coltishall.

We were so many and you just one of The Few,

me and nametag on station at the bomb door

.

It didn’t take long to win your fight between dogs

then you wheeled left to turn your cannon on us

I was in perfect health, had family and friends

but when my plane hit the trees all that came to an end.

.

No one survived to answer where was I last seen

only my enemy found me, un-named, not missing

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n.b. NaPoWriMo Day Eight prompt: monologue from the grave, after ‘Spoon River Anthology’ by Edgar Lee Masters, Gutenburg eBook. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1280/1280-h/1280-h.htm#chap137 (Accessed 08/04/2021)

I found the above gravestone in the village cemetery on the outskirts of Scottow village, Norfolk. How, I wonder, does someone die and get buried without being known? The German airmen buried around him were all identified. I thought it a thoughtful touch that he was buried with named graves either side.

NaPoWriMo

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CLP 08/04/2021

Raid (i)

night, asleep

after valentines

messaged “night”

he wakes; strange silence

no traffic, just the night bird

drapes back-lit by blues

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 7 prompt syallable count forms (i) Shadorma 3/5/3/5/7/5. See below Raid (ii) for an example of (ii) Fibonacci 1/1/2/3/5/8.

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CLP 07/04/2021

Raid (ii)

Knock!

BANG!

Armed Police!

BY THE DOOR!

You! On the stairs – STOP!

ARMED POLICE OFFICER! YOU!! HANDS UP!!!

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Seven prompt: short form syllable-count poems, (ii) Fibonacci 1/1/2/3/5/8

By way of explanation, in the UK it is still remarkable to witness armed police officers going about their work at 02:00hrs on a Valentine’s Day morning.

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CLP 07/04/2021

On The Surface

.

Down by the quayside

where fishermen know to sit

young seal making hay

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n.b. I had heard of this young pup’s arrival a week ago and today I saw it surface a few times. Despite the snow in the wind, a woman had taken her coat off to sit on it on the grass embankment and watch the seal diving. It is remarkable how long these creatures can sustain a dive while fishing. It would then pop up its head and have a look around while recharging its lungs. Goodness knows what it finds underwater here, possibly the hire bikes from the city’s first less than secure public cycle scheme of a few years back.

There have been precious few boats on The Broads for over a year and so the river has become a safe navigation for this seal and who knows how many others. It must have found somewhere to rest up too, seals like lolling around on a beach or mudflat for long periods between diving for fish.

Things will change soon, as holidays within the UK become the thing for a while, so these waters will become quite busy, then where will this seal go? Similarly, I wonder how the otters further upstream, even closer to the city centre, will fare.