Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

Little Watercraft

Little Watercraft
Little Watercraft

She’s not a mighty aircraft carrier,

nor the giant train ferry of old,

but she’s a fine little boat

who sails these waters cold.

She ain’t a spiffy luxury yacht,

nor energetic motor boat,

but she’ll give it all she’s got,

so joyously we shall float.

She’ll never fight in a war,

nor deliver heavy freight.

She’s just a little watercraft,

and boy, I think she’s great!

By day we become adventurers

wandering into the great blue bay,

going fishing and making friends,

for our work feels just like play.

Each night she rests beside the dock,

safely nestled in the boatyard.

She dreams of traveling this wide world,

beneath the blanket of the stars.

Upon this craft, I feel so free.

So many journeys we did chart!

Of all the vessels upon the sea,

she’s the one that stole my heart.

Inspired by a painting by Mike Dadasovich entitled “Spreading the Joy” which is currently on display at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery, 507 First Street, Benicia, CA. Click here to view the video from the ekphrastic poetry reading of this poem. The art show featured paintings of Phil Joy’s boatyard, and many talented poets read at the event on August 6, 2017.

D.L. Lang is the current Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She is the author of ten books, and one spoken word album. Her poems have been published in the Benicia Herald, Jewish Journal, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, the Benicia First Tuesday Poets anthology Light & Shadow, and in A Poet’s Siddur: Friday Evening Liturgy through the Eyes of Poets. Lang has been a featured act at several events including the Vallejo Man March, Unity Day, Solidarity with Charlottesville, and International Peace Day. She is also a regular at Poetry by the Bay and leads the Poetry in Notion poetry circle. She has won ribbons and rosettes at the Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, and Solano County Fairs. Her poems have been transformed into songs, liturgy, and used as a means to advocate for causes.

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