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Original Nautical Poetry-“Fairly Aging” By Bernice Walamy

February 1, 2012

Fairly Aging

By Bernice Walamy



Winter’s rain froze hard along the cracks

Of withered, roughened water-stained wood decks

Seasoned by biting winds and heaving snow

By broiling heat the fate of time did show


Swelled by rain that left her hard and parched

Bleached by sun and left to dry untouched

Softened by sea that eased her pace of time

Scarred by life, her creases fill with brine


Her sisters long ago were sanded thin

Stained dark to please an eye, to prompt a grin

She quietly serves, unbent among the strains

Of seas, and lines, and props, and docks and chains


No false pretense does she fain to steal

To keep me dry, and firmly placed on heal

The surgeon’s blade has no work here to do

She’s proud and straight and seasoned, lying true

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