Monday, 15 April 2013

Tall Ships
















The world is their oyster - these children of mine.
Just babies still.
Time firmly on their side.

And someone said that you would be their guide.
Once seas run clear and skies are wide.
Perhaps, she was right.

So steer them straight.
Keep their feet from running late,
open doors and cast a light their way.

And I will show them pictures of your face.
Take them places we knew well,
stop my boy from starting to forget.

And do you see my girl?
Sunny nature, sunny curls,
growing lean and quickly growing up.

Finding the world.

And maybe you told me,
running races on a beach,
that should I wish it I could one day sail the seven seas.

And of today?
Tired eyes and master plans left late?
Best of work and friends already made?

Not this day.
Not these hands and not this face.
Not a sideways glance as if to say...

But a new day,
Hope and plans and futures laid,
Bright ideas and tall ships yet to sail... x

This week I'm linking up to the wonderful Wednesday Words and Prose For Thought.

24 comments:

  1. I love this. Inlove the idea of ships yet to sail. Beautiful, as always.
    xx

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  2. Lovely Helen, I'm hoping there will always be tall ships not yet sailed...

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  3. This made me think of my girls growing up with my Mum looking down on them, protecting them from up on high xx It's hard to hold the memory of someone who has gone but they are always with us xx

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    1. Thank you Charlie, I believe so too x

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  4. Lovely Helen. Made me think of my Dad, died just before I became pregnant with my daughter.

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    1. How sad that he never got to meet her. Hopefully he will be guiding her too x

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  5. A beautiful piece; full of hope, with a touch of childish expectation & whimsy.
    Cheers, ic

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  6. Lovely, really lovely. Reminds me to keep enjoying my teenage boy as so soon he will sail away...

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    1. ... but hopefully sail home for dinner most weekends x

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  7. BakedPotatoMummy16 April 2013 at 09:10

    Really beautiful xx

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  8. Genius once again Helen, I love everything you write. Every single word of poetry that you pen, conjures up fantastic images. I was never that big into poetry before, but I am well and truly into yours. You are amazing x

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  9. Beautiful poem. Very visual. Let's hope they don't head for those seas too quickly or sail too far away!

    Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Words. xx

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  10. This is so lovely. Your writing washes over me and brings such calm with it.

    Tall ships to me, conjures up images of grace and wisdom.

    xx

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  11. Aww so sweet

    Commenting via Wednesday Words Linky

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  12. Beautiful, this makes me think of my Dad who never got to meet my children. I hear his voice in my head often, and talk about him always to my children. The world is indeed their oyster! xx

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    1. I'm sorry he didn't get to know them. I hope our loved ones do know somehow, from a better place where 'seas run clear and skies are wide' xx

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  13. Absolutely fantastically written Helen. Your words are always so hauntingly beautiful. I always look forward to reading your poetry and am so proud of the fact that you are such an avid supporter of Prose for Thought. Thank you for linking and sharing xx

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    1. Thank you so much. I love #Prose4T it really is encouraging me to keep writing these poems xx

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  14. Beautiful poem. I always love reading your entries for Prose for Thought xx

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  15. again another beautiful one Helen xx

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  16. This really resonated with me. It is absolutely beautiful and I strongly believe our loved ones of our past walk forward with us and our children, both in the present and the future. You are masterful with words x

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  17. What a beautiful poem ;) and looking around your blog you have a real way with words lady x very touching xxx

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