Tom Higgins

(Egremont)

The 'Life'Boat


I started out young to build my boat,
to get me across life's ocean.
I wanted to quickly get afloat,
this was a powerful notion.

So I asked Jesus if I could learn
from him, how this could be done,
to build a boat from prow to stern,
as he was a carpenter's son.

For further help I looked to the East,
and there I came across The Buddha,
and asked him if he, at the very least,
could contemplate for me the perfect rudder.

Then I showed the build so far,
to Mohammed so he could see,
if all the timber, canvas and tar,
were being assembled properly.

But soon I realised as I strolled along the beach,
they would never work together as one,
no agreement would they ever reach,
and I really needed to get this done!

So in the end I decided to put a stop,
to the work, and do it all for myself,
so I went back into the workshop,
and took the plans down from the shelf.

Soon afterwards I had my launch day,
and set sail across life's turbulent sea,
and if I should sink whilst under way,
then any failure is all down to me!

Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Edited: Saturday, March 17, 2012

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  • Neela Nath (3/16/2012 9:21:00 PM)

    Really a great poem. Your philosophy of life is expressed through this poem. (Report) Reply

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