The Rowboat (poem)


The Rowboat



imagine a wide lake

with swift weaving currents

under an unfathomable

black sky


& a girl who is rowing

her way slowly over

the dark water

the shoreline so far away

she can only imagine it


her uncle taught her –

“this is how you do it”

a circular clockwise motion

pulling your hands into your body

so simple, so obvious

& it stays with her

for the rest of her life


the girl is rowing

in a stalling rhythm

through the webs of dream

searching for morning


she looks up at the night sky

resplendent in dancing constellations

looking for patterns &

directions to take


this could be a story:

the boat strikes hidden rocks

the girl falls into the grimy waters

& she is lost


this is another story:

the girl makes it to the other side

she wakes up

into the light


the stars are dreaming

rippling on the dark tide …



Joanne Fisher



This was first published on my blog in December 2107.



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13 thoughts on “The Rowboat (poem)

  1. Your poem paints a gripping image in my mind, Joanna! And it is always so exciting and fascinating how one idea can be the starting point from which a wealth of stories evolve! Music is the same way too, in my experience 😉 … and your poem sounds like music to me, as I read it … 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear Joanna! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. When I was a kid I used to spend holidays up in the Bay of Islands where my aunt and uncle lived. We used to go out rowing a lot and my uncle would get me to row, even though I was only around 11 at the time. I always took things like that for granted, but I guess not everyone had that experience,,,,

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