Short Story and Poetry Contest
The children of fishermen

Winner and Readers’ Choice favourite in the 2011 Alumni Poetry Contest


The children of fishermen laugh like saltwater
spilling over stony breakers. This is what they know –
overflowing, the sea
full of something it wants everyone to share.
Sometimes they watch, their eyes
like gentle gulls, to see
if speckles on the horizon might be boats
bringing home their fathers.
Wood, shells, bottles, and all scraps
of marine memory come to rest in this port –
proof the ocean never ends.
There, with the smell of brine so caught up
in their tales, the pirate poetry they fling
into the wind, they count the leagues to bed
and worship, tired, unconscious,
the moon’s magic, bowing
to the shepherd of tides.


Reader Comments

# 1
Posted by Dave Stewart on May 15th, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

Emily, this is Dave and Anthea congratulating you on your poetry award! We both read it over and over. It’s amazing and wonderful. We’re going to brag about you

# 2
Posted by Daphne Reid Hatcher on May 18th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

This is beautiful. As a child of a fisherman, I appreciate this poem. Always looking out to sea watching for Daddy to come home, but there came a time when he lost his life to the sea that he loved. Thanks for this poem.

# 3
Posted by Mary Lawson Craig Jenner B.A.,%202000 on February 18th, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

Beautiful thoughts and beautiful poetry

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