maria goodison

(06,10,1983 / perth scotland)


A grand boat slides through the grey mist
with no sound at all.
Souls that have once been,
wait for the boatman to arrive.

A tall thin figure glides down the gangplank,
to ask his question to each soul,
before giving way to let them onboard.


No words are said
but a cold chill crawls round the boatman
and a haunting sense of right
fills the seats.
Coins that were placed so loving
now pay the boatmans way.

His long black cloak
clings to him like skin,
his hollow, skull-like eyes glow red
and yet nothing is said,
as the grand boat launches
to carry the lost souls home.

Submitted: Friday, December 20, 2013

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  • Giorgio Veneto (12/28/2013 12:31:00 PM)

    The boat man is Charon. He was the ferryman who brought the souls of the dead across the river Styx or the river Acheron to Hades. Nice poem, Maria. :) G. (Report) Reply

  • Maria Goodison (12/20/2013 8:25:00 PM)

    The boat man is from greek mythology, he is showing nether as a ghost or man but dark and neutral, but in modern time he is more commonly depicted as more of a dark reaper (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (12/20/2013 7:48:00 PM)

    picture perfect, but the boatman is shown as a Ghost with red eyes is too scary, otherwise very enjoyable poem as I like the boats and the oceans.. (Report) Reply

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