Barge Life.

The barge sits there

Waiting for us to board,

The ropes are freed,

And so are we as we move,

Move gently down the canal.

The engine throbbing gently

Moving us past Natures canvas

Painted all around us.

At the side of the water

The birdlife looks at us

In their serene way.

Further and further we glide,

The peace only interrupted

By the soft throb of the engine,

And the wonder of Nature’ Symphony.

We glide to a stop for the night,

Sitting on the deck in the evening light

Peace reigns,

Except for the song of the birds.

As darkness encroaches

The birds stop singing,

Silence surrounds us.

Into a dream filled sleep we sail

Until we awake refreshed,

Ready to continue our journey,

The journey of life,

At four miles an hour.



  • orchidee

    A fine write Gold. Did our horses go more than 4mph in 1066?

    • Goldfinch60

      Mine did yours didn't that is why you were always lagging behind.

      • Michael Edwards

        Orchi lost the starting handle which didn't help

      • dusk arising

        idyllic. I'm envious of my ex who's managed to live on a narrowboat for some years now and in some luxury too.
        Your writing encourages me to romance the idea again.

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you da, yes it does sound like an idyllic life, I would be quite happy to live like that.

        • Poetic Dan

          What a great first Sunday morning read and listen, I'm now ready for todays mission going no faster than you've mentioned.

          Take it eeeasy

          • Goldfinch60

            I intend to today, I spent all yesterday afternoon rehearsing for a concert I sang in last night, today is "absolutely shattered Sunday" - the concert went very well.

            • Poetic Dan

              A rest well earned my friend.

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            • Michael Edwards

              Wish I was there today instead of painting garden furniture - fine write Andy

              • Goldfinch60

                Thank you a Michael, will you be painting the furniture in an abstract way?

              • BRIAN & ANGELA

                Thanks ANDY ~ Love the SWINGLES ~ Unique sound ! Love the POEM have spent many happy hours messing about on canals ! Never owned a BOAT but have crewed (locks & galley) and hired. Yours BRIAN

                • Goldfinch60

                  I have only had one barge holiday and that was great.

                • Heartwriter

                  A great write. I enjoyed it alot. There's nothing as peaceful as a boat ride.

                  • Goldfinch60

                    So peaceful and exhilarating at the same time, thank you H.

                  • orchidee

                    Sorry about those Skodas! Well, I'm in me 3-wheeler. You know, the ones Mr Bean hates!

                    • Goldfinch60

                      My ex father in law had a rthrre wheeler and the keys to that car could open my River 2000 that I had then.

                      • orchidee

                        Ohh I wish I would shut up! I don't even drive. Keep putting me foot in it!

                      • Candlewitch

                        very soothing read...I enjoyed it very much...such lovely imagery!

                        *hugs, Cat

                        • Goldfinch60

                          Thanks Cat, much appreciated,

                        • Laura🌻


                          The best ride I’ve taken in quite a while... so tranquil and satisfying! Thank you!


                          • Goldfinch60

                            I am glad you enjoyed the ride Laura, thank you.

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