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.