Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Poetry Tuesday: "The Thousand-foot Ore Boat" by Barton Sutter



The Thousand-foot Oar Boat

To live until we die—
The job seems just impossible.
The great weight of the past
Pushing us forward, the long future
Thrust out before us, and so little room to either side!
The least we can do is stay sober,
Look sharp. The thousand-foot ore boat
Slides through the ship canal
And eases beneath the bridge,
All engines thrumming,
Including the pilot's heart.

--Barton Sutter

19 comments:

Talli Roland said...

Brilliant. I love the poems you post, Betty!

Old Kitty said...

Life as it is lived! Wonderful BB, thank you! Take care
x

Lin said...

I get tired of rowing sometimes though.

Daisy said...

I love both the picture and the poem today, Betty. I hope you have a good day today. :)

Teresa Evangeline said...

I love this poet. He always gets to the "heart" of the matter in the most interesting ways. Thanks for this.

Ruby said...

Beautiful poem!!

Pearl said...

Very nice. And absolutely true.

Pay attention, everyone...

Pearl

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wonderful poem, Betty!

CiCi said...

Nice poem. I bet the pilot of the boats is holding his or her breath much of the way until they get through the narrow passage.

Flartus said...

Stay sober!?? Well, no wonder he sees life as a high-stress, no deviation experience. Hmph.

Brian said...

I like that one!

Ms. A said...

We know your heart is thrumming, so just keep gunning your engines and moving forward.

Madi and Mom said...

Very peaceful picture to accompany these pretty words.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Sarah said...

As long as we keep rowing we're OK.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love that line about the past pushing us forward.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Great selection.

Joyful said...

Beautifully dramatic photo and poem to go with it. I like the line "All engines thrumming".

Pat Tillett said...

Very good and very thought provoking. I like it a lot... thanks!

Baby Sister said...

That is a very beautiful, thought provoking poem. Love it!!