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“The Ship of Hard Knocks”

on November 7, 2013


Be patient, just read and I’ll explain after…

“The Ship of Hard Knocks” by Carol Cameleon

As the ship of hard knocks 

goes sailing by,

I wait and wait and wait.

Will it stop and hit this rock

surrounded by seas so high?

With fingers, toes and everything crossed, 

my eyes shut tight, so tight,

as the waves come thrashing, they do toss this ship

and like a fish we will take the bite.

You’re never sure if you’re due good luck

from this ship in this tumultuous life.

You can take control, stick two fingers up

and make the best of hardship and strife.

So, the ship of hard knocks may well stop by,

I will stick those fingers up,

hold my head up high, so high.

For this rock has been dealt 

many, many woes

and it will capsize that ship

fear not, as it slow and bows…and bows…and bows.

Lately, I haven’t made much (let’s be honest, any) time for writing.  It’s annoying and frustrating.  So, I’ve made a little pact with myself to rekindle the writing and get my creative juices going for 10 minutes a day.  While I was inspiration-browsing, I came across a link from @robertleebrewer on good old Twitter.  He tweeted, “Write a poem today (and every day of November). You’ll be glad you did.”  The link in the tweet takes you to ‘today’s prompt’ to write a hardship poem.  So I did.

And you know what?  I’m glad I kept my pact.  I wrote “The Ship of Hard Knocks” in 10 minutes, with some polishing off and fine-tuning for 5 minutes afterwards.

What do you think?  (Intake of breath… did I really just ask that?!  Ok, I can take it!  On the chin.)


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Thank you.

Picture source: The Lighthouse Art Print by Romel Joson ~ Society 6 via Pinterest

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