Barrow Boating (after Du Fu) by Ann Marie Dunne
The following is poem by BoatTrips.ie Skipper, Ann Marie Dunne. It has been recognised and printed in a number of publications to date and Ann Marie has kindly allowed for it to be now published here. Hope you enjoy it.
(after Du Fu)
Waiting for “Sale Agreed”, here in my once dream home.
Heart sore, I wander the rooms, reading their stories.
But today, I’m his girlfriend on the barge,
learning to throw ropes on the Bisto brown Barrow.
Damsel flies entwine in azure ecstasy on the reeds.
A couple of buzzards cavort and soar in slow circles.
We moor up and dine in deckchairs by the campfire.
Mirrored in the river, we are silvered by the stars.
By Ann Marie Dunne
Ann Marie Dunne, Poet & Boat Skipper
Ann Marie skippers one of the trip boats in Kilkenny on the river Nore. With a love for the outdoors, nature and the waterways, much of Ann Marie’s poems carry these themes. Hopefully we’ll get her to share a few more over the coming year.