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Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 10:33 pm

canalpoem #1

canalpoem #1 

if you need a stressfree interlude try
a french canal trip our little craft with
just our family is self sufficient  we
glide along the quiet waters four miles
an hour green banks thick trees an
occasional green field with pure white
cows warm sunshine cheese wine in the
fridge baguettes from the nearby village
three bikes on board for towpath riding  
yes we’ll pick you up at the next lock
true the bunks are only plank-wide
softer though stars blaze overhead
seldom another boat a few fisherfolk on
the banks we take turns steering the big
excitement is the locks: 38 of them many
we have to open ourselves signaling for
the green light by what we call the noodle
it hangs a space ahead then the gates slowly
open often by our own power two of us hop
out turn huge horizontal wheels we steer in
close the gates the water rushes in raising us
like a cork our sides nearly touch the mossy
walls gates open we float out at a higher level
give the lock tender (if there is one) a tiny
bottle of whiskey green ahead green behind
a good green family an occasional dinner out
at a friendly french cafe a pure green heaven

2011 Jacqueline Jackson
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