John Smith's Shallop. Photopoetry by Keith R Wahl

January 29, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

John Smith's Shallop

John Smith's Shallop 01 20230706 850_0525_displayJohn Smith's Shallop 01 20230706 850_0525_displayJohn Smith's Shallop pointed toward St. Michaels Harbor on Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels Maryland

On sun-soaked grounds, where gulls wheel and cry,
A slumbering vessel holds history nigh.
John Smith's own shallop, her timbers worn,
Whispers tales of journeys, rivers borne.

Oak frames, like wrinkles, etched by sun and wave,
Each scar a chapter, carved by ocean's crave.
Cords of hemp, once taut as bowstring's might,
Now droop in slumber, bathed in golden light.

Oars, like fallen warriors, stand akimbo bold,
Their feathered tips to distant waters rolled.
Spars, stripped of canvas, yearn for wind's embrace,
To chase horizons, paint their fleeting trace.

Though landlocked now, her spirit takes its flight,
To St. Michaels Harbor, bathed in sunlit bright.
Across the Chesapeake, her ghost shall roam,
A phantom echo, calling back its home.

So let her rest, this weathered, noble guide,
Her legend woven with the rising tide.
For in her stillness, whispers still resound,
Of Captain Smith, in shallop, westward bound.

John Smith's Shallop 01 20230706 850_0525_displayJohn Smith's Shallop 01 20230706 850_0525_displayJohn Smith's Shallop pointed toward St. Michaels Harbor on Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels Maryland John Smith's Shallop 02 20230706 850_0526_displayJohn Smith's Shallop 02 20230706 850_0526_displayJohn Smith's Shallop pointed toward St. Michaels Harbor on Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels Maryland Rigging and Tackle of John Smith's Shallop 01 20230706 850_0529_displayRigging and Tackle of John Smith's Shallop 01 20230706 850_0529_displayRigging and tackle of John Smith's Shallop on Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels Maryland Rigging and Tackle of John Smith's Shallop 02 20230706 850_0530_displayRigging and Tackle of John Smith's Shallop 02 20230706 850_0530_displayRigging and tackle of John Smith's Shallop on Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels Maryland Stem of John Smith's Shallop 01 20230706 850_0527_displayStem of John Smith's Shallop 01 20230706 850_0527_displayThe stem of John Smith's Shallop on Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels, Maryland Stem of John Smith's Shallop 02 20230706 850_0528_displayStem of John Smith's Shallop 02 20230706 850_0528_displayThe stem of John Smith's Shallop on Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels, Maryland

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