Docking

Jan 21 2012 Published by under poetry

docking

approach, from the west
the falling tide
pushes the bow out,
into the channel.

a half turn left
angles the motor,
compensates.

idle slowly, into position,
the narrow slip.
too far, the oysters
will take your hull.

too short, the current
will drag you back,
circle for another pass.

no, throttle up,
like tossing a dart
against the wind,
slide the bow sideways.

passed the pilings
full turn port
back down hard.

the stern falls off
and the skiff
gently glides
into her slip.

make fast the lines,
raise the motor,
and welcome home.

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