More Cargoes

Multi-coloured motorboat, roaring out of harbour
Heading south from Pafos in the burning glare
With a cargo of harnesses, winch-rope, parasail
And petrified passengers wriggling in the air…

Narrow boat ‘Grasshopper’, N.W out of Worcester
Threading through the locks on the Droitwich Ring
With a cargo of library books, Scrabble board, binoculars,
Stout plank for accidents like bridges that don’t swing …

(With apologies to Masefield)

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