The Fair Ships by Sally Evans

Sitting on grass beside the Fife Coast footpath
we watched the tall ships leave the Firth,
distant pastel penny-stamp size, round Fidra.
Why are they so beautiful, I asked,
these developed inventions for crossing water?
Watch them battered by a gale and they are less so,
answered the mariner. This is the weather for them.
No longer do they cruise in constant hope
of poor payment for perishable goods,
carry wealth for their owner from a crew
of half-starved half-drunken opportunists
driven by hearsay, between chancy ports.
No longer trading in despair, these ships are beautiful,
sail forever on fair forgetful wind.

Sally Evans lives in Scotland and has Welsh connections. She has had several books of poems published including Poetic Adventures in Scotland (2014) and the Bees (2008).

Sally Evans lives in Scotland and has Welsh connections. She has had several books of poems published including Poetic Adventures in Scotland (2014) and the Bees (2008).

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