STOPPING BY BOATS ON A BLOWY EVENING

Written by: Sidney Beck

STOPPING BY BOATS ON A BLOWY EVENING

Whose boat this is I think I know
But still I want to sail it so
He will not see me jumping in
To take it out there for a row

The mountains think the theft’s a sin
The hills watch me with eerie grin
As I make circles in the moonlight -
Splash and dip, pull out ,  push in

The water here is clear and bright
It holds the promise of the night 
The prow leaps o’er the lake-glass vast
As now I pull with all my might

The boat is lovely, small and fast
With raking oars and folded mast -
The promise which it makes will last
Long after waves and wake are past

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Two favorite poets are saluted in this parody.         Robert Frost is the  author of STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING, and its rubaiyat form and broad story are mimicked here.  William Wordsworth  was the inspiration behind the STOLEN BOAT  exerpt from the PRELUDE, and the ideas of the boat story are also woven in to the rubaiyat.