Thistle

Whilst driving round the area with Maria looking for photo opportunities for her writing we visited Edith May, a Thames Sailing Barge moored at Lower Halstow, The fishing smack Thistle was moored at her stern.

Thistle at her mooring
Thistle at her mooring

 

Thistle
Though not as light as your namesake’s seed
you were carried by the wind
now with bowsprit drawn back
and tiller removed you sit still
.
What tales you might tell of oyster beds and sails
brave fishermen and gales
but now you sit on the mud waiting
hoping, what ever next
.
I pray that soon like the thistle down of Autumn
you will scud across the seas
driven by the west wind bowsprit out
tiller arm in place
Sails full and proud

Thistle's Stern
Thistle’s Stern

 

Thistle Stern Post
Thistle Stern Post
Thistle's sail rings
Thistle’s sail rings