Unrivaled.

Unrivaled.

A Poem by Fay Slimm

 

 

Unrivaled.

 

On sun-honeyed cottage walls another day
knocks and ousts from bed every duty-clad
mother to wake snoring offspring and move 
bread-winning others.


As whinny of sea-breeze shakes bud-drop
on nearby trees gallop of bed-sheets leave
sweating bodies, crumple floor-wards and
stretching offspring wriggle while yawning
at quitting warm covers.


Kitchened in throb of breakfast-sizzle old
dog squints at dawn and whimpers when 
called from white-aproned bustle to leave  
inside and chatter of hob-blackened kettle
as brown tea rouses its cobbled-clog rush
to scoop buttered bread for deep pockets 
needing crust later.


Day offers no wind as man-feet splash mud
in pooling gait along early streets, stopping
to rub bleary eyes and tighten a coat string
before reaching tar-skewered beached craft
close-keened for action its swab-clean deck
in bobbing-boat wait.


Olden-day clippered sails, ocean harboured
held filled holds of battened-down business
for woman-fed boatmen, ready-sluiced and
home-muffled handled hauled cargoes best
in unruffled water.


Decades ago all hard pressed mothers held
home-ropes together and giving no heed to
fine-weather seekers they set zealous flame 
under all lazy dalliance whether on husband
father, son or daughter.

 

Praise be for unrivaled female dedication to
successful survival of the closely knit family
whether working on moorings or out at sea.  

© 2021 Fay Slimm


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................. fairer, finer and fitter .. you do every one of them justice with this deceptively detailed and deeply moving post dear Fay you have here captured the very essence of what was most certainly once the backbone of the community ... Neville



Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Fay Slimm

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for seeing the reason for writing this tribute Nev. - - those wives and mothers were cert.. read more
' As whinny of sea-breeze shakes bud-drop - on nearby trees gallop of bed-sheets leave - sweating bodies, crumple floor-wards and - stretching offspring wriggle while yawning - at quitting warm covers.'

From Nature to the everyday... a truly fine stanza but then, your entire post has a special touch of past and forever running start to finish. You have crowned the essence of woman, made truth become less of normality to pride of place. Great thought and truly - without exaggeration, fine, fine writing, Fay.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Fay Slimm

3 Weeks Ago

How kind this thoughtful and inspiring review dear emma -- your comment after reading Unrivaled is.. read more

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Fay Slimm
Fay Slimm

Camborne, Cornwall, United Kingdom



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