A Ship In A Bottle

Rating: 5.0
It sits there on the sideboard
Or on the mantle shelf,
And after such a long time
You don't notice it yourself.
But should you have a visitor
Or younger child come by
It will spark interest anew
And gasps of "Me oh my! "

It's then the curious wonder
How the ship was put inside,
And where the opening's concealed
And was it hard to hide?
And if you put it in there
How many times you tried?
And if it went in through the neck
How could it be so wide?

It's then you tell the story
Of going to the store
To find a bottle of good clear glass
With a shape worth planning for.
Dimple Haig is famous,
Carduh's pretty fair,
The first one is triangular,
The other one is square.


The bottle must be decanted,
When empty cleaned and dried,
And a careful measure taken
Of the dimensions inside.
It's then you render drawings
Of the ship you want to make,
And plan out going backwards
Every step you'll have to take.

First you carve the hull
Of wood with grain that's fine,
Then step the masts with hinges
So they fold down in a line.
You add the sails and rigging,
Check how they'll erect
When's time to pull the halyards
Through the bottle's neck.

It takes months to finish
Doing a little every night,
I had my children watching
And remarking at the sight.
They saw me put in plasticine
To mold and shape the ocean
And carve wave crests with a spoon
To give the water motion.

When at last the time is right
And everything is ready
You carefully set the ship upon
The sea and hold it steady.
Then pulling on each halyard
The sails are slowly raised
And those who watch the process
Stand enchanted and amazed.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: modeling,sea,ships
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
My great grandfather sailed to New Zealand on a ship called the Wild Deer in 1872. I have always loved ships in bottles, and one day decided I would drain a pretty bottle of its contents and put the inspiration back inside. It took three months to complete the project.
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COMMENTS
Dennis Spilchuk 02 July 2018
Very well written demonstrating patience, dedication, care and love for your children. Great poem.
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Hello Dennis, I guess you hit all the bases. Thank you for the great review
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Mahtab Bangalee 26 May 2018
excellent innovative job you are done- It takes months to finish Doing a little every night, I had my children watching And remarking at the sight nice 10+++
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Shukrea Mahtab, Thank you so much for taking another look!
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Janet Boston 02 May 2018
Love this Neil and you read it really well.
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Thank you Janet. All for the good cause, the love of poetry!
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Jazib Kamalvi 01 May 2018
A good start with a nice poem, Neil S. M. You may like to read my poem, Love And Iust. Thank you.
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Thank you Jazib, what a nice start to my day. I will indeed read your poem. Best wishes, Neil McLeod
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