Fay Slimm.






How many dawns shall a gull's wide wings
carry night's shiver enough
miles to appease birds' fierce hunger
at sea, aiding eyes to catch something
that eaten keeps a feathered heart warm.?


How many dusks will a young wife's lips
hopefully open on same
ocean as similar need fills with ache
a heart missing harbour-safe kisses
as his overdue boat battles fierce storm.?


How many tides could it take to renew
resolute faith as starved eyes
search time and again empty horizons,
re-scanning each mile for love's food
sailing in late with her sailor on board.?


How many hours can be spent praying
for courage to shake away dread
and feed on the times when fishermen,
heavy with haul set homeward again
knowing a woman waits bravely in port.?



  • Accidental Poet

    Excellent write Fay.

    • Fay Slimm.

      So pleased you enjoyed the read and many thanks for your visit.


      ANGELA HERE - Good Evening FAY thanks for your haunting Poem ! In your Elergy - BIRDS & BRIDES become one. Birds searching for food for themselves and their Young - Brides scouring the Horizon for *When the Boat comes in !* Deep Sea Fishing is one of the mosy hazadous occupations in the UK. Our Church does Carol Concerts each Year and raises nearly &1000 for the S E Coast Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. There are many tragedies & needs each Year. Their slogan is *The true Price of Fish & Chips* AMEN Please check *Patio Pools Paradise* - Thanks.

      Blessing & Peace & Joy
      Love Angela & Brian & Smokey !

      • Fay Slimm.

        You are so right - the dangers of deep see fishing are many and folk associated with that way of life need every tribute. Thank you dear Duo for your visit and read of Hunger.

      • Suresh

        How you have merged the hunger of one creature with the other, and their effort to satisfy, while their mates wait with searching eyes for their return.

        • Fay Slimm.

          Thank you Suresh - and yes I thought the comparison of one kind of hunger with another was worth my few words - -- am so grateful for your encouraging comment.

        • Goldfinch60

          Yet another beautiful write Fay, thank you for sharing your wonderful words.

          An dy

          • Fay Slimm.

            My pleasure as always dear Andy.

          • Laura

            My Dear Fay,

            A great write as always; into my favorites it goes.
            I enjoyed the read. Every time you write about fishermen, I reminds me of my great grandfather.
            After I finished reading your beautifully penned poem, I closed my eyes and envisioned my great grandmother waiting “bravely In port” for her fisherman. After they hugged and kissed, they’d hurry home to enjoy his favorite meal—spaghetti alla marinara!🍝


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