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The Neversink

Balanced on a Red Rider wagon,
a wooden boat with flaking paint; 
split transom
poorly repaired.  Ten year olds
with borrowed tools, untrained
in fixing leaks, or boats,
or knowing what a transom was.
     Christened the "Neversink,"
but often did, with bamboo fishing poles askew,
the used nine sixteenth nut sinkers
spilling into warm water;
     sunfish laughing.
A doomed soup can ship, 
crewed by worms,
going down.
Young toes to search the liquid silt
     for clams.

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  1. Date: 9/30/2010 7:47:00 PM
    Childhood memories are wonderful. Way to paint that picture,thanks.

  1. Date: 9/30/2010 10:58:00 AM
    What an outstanding way to enjoy a day. I am so happy to be able to read the excellent poetry here at PoetrySoup today. Hope you are enjoying your day and finding much inspiration along the way Wayne. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/30/2010 10:38:00 AM
    This poem was so wonderful for me to read. It sort of reminded me of Huck Finn....but it also brought back my own memories of river adventures when I was about 10 years old. A great nostalgic poem filled with strong details, right down to, "sunfish laughing."~Chris

  1. Date: 9/30/2010 6:09:00 AM
    Well mexpressed thoughts and nicely worded, Wayne

  1. Date: 9/29/2010 11:34:00 PM
    How very sweet ..I so enjoyed reading this..BG