Ernestine Northover

Veteran Poet - 1,400 Points (25th March 1943)

Sail Away - Poem by Ernestine Northover

He stood on the deck,
the sun, shining on his face.

The sails billowed as they took up the force of the wind,
driving the boat forward.

He felt a lifting of his spirits, a freedom
he hadn't felt for a long, long time.

All this space.
The sea, and the sky.
Unbelievable, in their dimensions.

To sail away, to be reborn,
perhaps in another time, another world.

'What do you think of her, Sir'?
The voice brought him back to reality.

'Oh! Very nice indeed, a beautiful craft'.

'Any thoughts on a purchase, Sir'?

'Thoughts' Yes', he answered,
'But cost wise, she's a little beyond my pocket'.

'Well Sir. Perhaps we could interest you
in something a little smaller'.

'Perhaps', was his reply,
'How about a canoe'!

© Ernestine Northover


Comments about Sail Away by Ernestine Northover

  • Andrew Blakemore (8/26/2009 2:40:00 AM)


    This is really funny Ernestine, a pleasure to read! (lol) Love, Andrew xx (Report) Reply

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  • Melvina Germain (7/19/2007 7:12:00 AM)


    I love this one Ernestine, a little light-hearted humour found in this one, lovely indeed.
    --Melvina--
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  • (5/9/2006 1:48:00 PM)


    I think that a thimble would be about my price, loads of fun and a quick mood change in this one, well done, Love duncan (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2006 7:38:00 PM)


    Canoe Ernestine? blow up plastic boat you mean? This made me smile. 10 from finger is hole of sinking ship Tai (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2006 5:36:00 PM)


    As someone who has shown interest
    in vehicles i cant afford, i relate to this!
    Your poem has a fantastic feel, and a
    fun ending.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Kindest Regards Slim. x.
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  • (1/14/2006 5:15:00 PM)


    A lovely, wistful poem with such a delightful ending it makes the heart smile. Good write
    Ernestine.

    Hugh
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  • (1/14/2006 4:41:00 PM)


    I loved this Ernestine! Sometimes it's nice to dream big..... and the ending was great! Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2006 4:35:00 PM)


    This is a great poem
    has everything
    I love
    description of nature, true and thrilling
    philosophy: to be reborn, what deeper thouight than that
    then the laughter
    bursts in
    breaks up everything
    the word canoe
    somehow, for me,
    a crazy perfect word
    to end
    a poem
    and the dialogue
    accurate, which I love
    and although I don't make suggestions
    I do suggest
    more like these,
    grand stuff
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  • (1/14/2006 4:19:00 PM)


    sounds like a free ride to me, Ernestine! A neighbor when i was a child kept his delivery business afloat by test driving trucks from dealerships around town! how about a coracle? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 14, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 6, 2008


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