Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Karen Elizabeth

It's Letter K Day for the A to Z Challenge (see tab above to go to more great A to Z posts), and it is Poetry Friday.  Thank you, Diane, at Random Noodling for hosting today.

"Karen Elizabeth"
The sea is my road;
The spray is my air;
The helm is my soul;
Coils of rope my hair.

My strength's in my hull;
My keel keeps me true;
From bow to the stern,
 My heart is my crew.


"K & E II"
Real sisters in life, companions we two;
The smaller the old, the larger the new.

A father and son will soon get us set;
 Prepare us for launch, when deadlines are met.

Keels in the water, bait in the traps
Sisters will dance again o'er the white caps.

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Educational Korner

knots - check here for some ways to tie knots

Keel = The central framing part in the bottom of a ship's hull

Lobstering can kill you, literally.  Ropes and moving traps are always a danger.  Fishermen always carry a knife for cutting lines in case a foot gets caught in the ropes and they get carried overboard with traps.  Watch a scary lobstering trip (YouTube), with a good ending.






22 comments:

  1. Really good lines here, in both Donna. I love the personification in the first one! And that video. I've been aboard two sailing ships with students, and a panga in Mexico, but I can't imagine being out in the wind & rain in a lobster boat. Seems dangerous, but can be beautiful too.

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    1. I'll take a nice calm day on the water, thank you very much! Smooth sailing is fine with me!

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  2. This was fun! Except for that video. Yikes!

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    1. Yeah, that video will make you think twice about the romance of the sea!

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  3. my husband loves that show!!! awesome poem!

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    1. Isn't that a great show? Scary business sometimes.

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  4. Great poems, Donna, especially the first one. "From bow to the stern,
    My heart is my crew." So true. Thanks for sharing! =)

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    1. Thanks, Bridget. There's a lot of heart put into these boats!

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  5. Your poems are very enjoyable :)

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    1. Thanks, Jen. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Great poems. Those boats really look like they're waiting in anticipation of some fun.

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    1. I'm sure they are as excited about getting back on the water as their owners are!

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  7. Love the poetry, Donna. Especially like the line 'Coils of rope my hair' - very vivid imagery. Nice post.

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  8. I really loved the poem about the Karen Elizabeth. And that video was pretty crazy. My son Alec loves that show.

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    1. It's quite a show! I can watch it for a bit, but just can't imagine working in those conditions. I think I'd stay in a little bay!

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  9. Such lovely poems, Donna...and I just have to say t hat I loved this line: Sisters will dance again o'er the white caps.

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    1. Thanks, Tara. They really do seem to dance on the water some days!

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  10. I love both of these poems. Your poems make me homesick for the Atlantic seaboard!

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    1. I was pretty homesick for Maine when we moved to Minnesota years ago. We came back about 25 years ago now and live a couple miles from the ocean.

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  11. This is such a great project.

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