The Spark of Inspiration

18 October 2020

By Philip Kuepper

The heart of some boats
is oak,
of some, birch.
Cedar goes into the making
of others,
and pine, still others.
Is walnut ever used?
I am unsure.
Perhaps in the burled
finish of a console?
Trees.
Without a wood,
boats would not have been
what they were,
what they were to become.
What was it in the human
brain that thought to wed
wood to water?

(10 October 2020)

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