Poetry Porch 2: Poetry

Frangipani Poems
by Richard Dey

Note. Sailors traditionally talk to their boats, referring to and addressing them as women, and seeing in them certain human attributes. The beginnings of this anthropomorphism are lost in time. It seems likely, however, that the beauty and behavior of boats, along with the fact that sailors have been mostly men, and men without women for long periods of time, account for this. The practice persists today.

Most of these poems first appeared in Sail Magazine.

Harbor Fog---photograph by John Goldie

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