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Best Tugboat Poems

Below are the all-time best Tugboat poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of tugboat poems written by PoetrySoup members

A Tugboat Named Mary
A tugboat named Mary
Was towing a barge.
The tugger was little;
The tuggee was large.

They glided on past
As the sun hit the river,
With engines a’chugging,
A load to...

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Categories: tugboat, inspirational, work,
Form: Rhyme

Tugboat Park
Fingers numb at the tip of this island
Toes as crushed ice upon the only sandy 

The sun falls quickly from the embrace of the 

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Categories: tugboat, nature
Form: I do not know?
Needs to Read
A tugboat needs a river;
A sailboat needs a sail.
In order to deliver,
A mailman needs some mail.

A baker needs an oven;
A bicycle needs wheels
And pets require...

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Categories: tugboat, appreciation,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Manchester Ship Canal - Part One
Glancing down from breathless heights,
Amidst climey sighs,
The looming colossus awakens from slumber
And stretches across Thelwalls linear skies.
The hot engines hissing steam -
Recalled from fond memories...

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Categories: tugboat, history, travel,
Form: Rhyme
Winds of a Changing Way
	I see darkness; coldness; an abyss. I feel cold; lonely; and fear. I know not of how I am able to change my current course...

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Categories: tugboat, depression, girlfriend-boyfriend, hope, lost
Form: Lay

And if I come
I'll bring the dew
Blended with  cruor
Of our veins

And if I reach your hand
I’ll become the tugboat
Of dignity and pride
Preserved with countless...

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Categories: tugboat, anniversary, courage, death, easter,
Form: Epic
A Sliver of River
A sliver of river appears in my view;
The window has served up the slice.
Of course, thought I’d love the whole vista, to me
A sliver is...

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Categories: tugboat, nature, urban, river,
Form: Rhyme
A Lifetime Tradition
Grandfather relaxed
While I cleaned his grimed toenails—
He was a tugboat captain.
It was tradition,
As soon as he fell asleep,
I painted his toenails red.

© February 22, 2012

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Categories: tugboat, childhood, family, funny, nostalgia,
Form: Sedoka
Premium Member Salty Cocktail of Regrets
In the purple haze of the bar room
you muse lustful moves
like the true artist you are
you stumble but find yourself
in the midst of shipwrecks
swaying to...

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© Uwe Stroh  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tugboat, addiction, confusion, dark, desire,
Form: Free verse
Granddad Breathed River Air
Granddad Breathed River Air

My grandfather worked on the river.
A tugboat captain was he by trade.
His jobs were diverse and he loved them.
Grandma and their children...

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Categories: tugboat, boat, family, fishing, river,
Form: Verse
Flametip Riders
flametip riders
last call brass doll
suitcase in hand 
howling at empty rafts
fire consumed deck
tickling rain flaked boot lace

frozen slices of polar existence
hanging from great western...

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Categories: tugboat, allusion, angst, death, dream,
Form: Free verse
Along the Riverbank
The luminescence of low hanging mist whirls
Agitated winds shiver the tall cottonwoods
The ever present sound of the old river passing
She stands on the small rustic...

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© Gary Jones  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: tugboat, nostalgia, old, old, ,
Form: Quatrain
Cold Cemetery of Friendship
Trees swaying in the cold 
November breeze, as I
ascended up the hill 
a brown path, a dull 
line drawn across the 
two sides of grassy...

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Categories: tugboat, friendshipme, voice, me, voice,
Form: Free verse
An Hour at the Beach
Driftwood benches stretch along the shoreline as far as the eye can see

While purple and green kelp stain the wet sand like messy 
brush strokes...

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Categories: tugboat, faith, imagination, introspection, nature,
Form: Rhyme
to walk a tightrope, to engineer a train, to walk into a lions cage, to freefall from a plane
to ride the cyclone in coney island,...

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Categories: tugboat, inspirational
Form: Narrative

Rumbling south over  1000 feet to freedom :
The  Roebling bridge, and  below,
Its Stars and Stripes hanging limp in the wind,

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Categories: tugboat, imagery,
Form: Imagism
Minerva Urecal
She was born in 1894 as Minerva Holzer,
and made her mark as a radio and stage performer.
Her name “Urecal” came from Eureka, California.
Eventually, she made...

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Categories: tugboat, dedication, tribute,
Form: Rhyme
‘Twas but a mist-enshrouded speckle
dark-painted on looming horizon.
Petty worker holds unwavering watch,
silently, stealthily keeps his eyes on.

Forward motion undeniable,
each passing minute size increasing.
Small heart stands...

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Categories: tugboat, allegory, heart, imagery, relationship,
Form: Free verse
mystery at sea
A mystic death

 Stormy weather ship on fire
the captain gave orders
go into the lifeboats. 

The cook thought otherwise
there was no fire at the bow
the bow`s...

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Categories: tugboat, beach, birth, blessing, blue,
Form: Blank verse
By Any Other Name
The river’s not really a river
‘Cause water can flow either way.
Right now it is tumbling downtown.
Tomorrow? I simply can’t say.

The jet skiers seem not to...

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Categories: tugboat, river,
Form: Rhyme
Kindness generates rewards
a heave and a shove, into the ocean she goes
where she stops no one knows,
floats and floats till it may sink
you may spot it with...

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Categories: tugboat, appreciation, giving,
Form: Free verse
The Light of Castine
My love and I we took a ride
One beautiful Spring morn late May
Through the winding Maine countryside
We headed over Castine way

We came this way times...

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Categories: tugboat, adventure, fire, house, light,
Form: Rhyme
A Morning Laugh
As a creature of habit, my daily routine
Doesn’t vary when I take my walk,
Yet each morning there’s something that I haven’t seen
Like some rainbows, on...

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Categories: tugboat, today,
Form: Rhyme
Oh, what a beautiful tree
With glistening leaves
I wonder if it has fruit
That will cause me to believe

Wow! What a tall building
It ascends into the sky

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Categories: tugboat, wisdom,
Form: Free verse
A tugboat, a ferry, a Circle Line cruise
All chug by on the river, for me to peruse.
A breeze gently blows as the waves settle down

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Categories: tugboat, city,
Form: Rhyme