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Poem: Boat Sound/Ship Sound

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if you listen closely,
you will hear the boat.

no, not the waves.
of course you hear the waves!

listen,
the boat
is moving and making
that quiet sad boat sound, the sound
only big boats have and make.

maybe it is a ship,
maybe it is a ship sound;
not a boat, tiny and cheerful,
bobbing up and down, little engine humming happy.

maybe it’s the old old sound of a ship
keeping on course and all the time wishing
it was different,
all the time wanting
to just
sink
down, under, finally
quiet, quiet
quiet
and rest.

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