English: Little boats on the Thames Having sai...

Little boats on the Thames  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“Dark brown is the river,
Golden is the sand.
It flows along for ever,
With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,
Castles of the foam,
Boats of mine a-boating –
Where will all come home?”

From ‘Where Go The Boats?’ by Robert Louis Stevenson




English: River Thames: Putney Pier Putney Pier...

River Thames:  Putney Pier is the western terminus of the Thames river taxi service. The destinations, timetable and tarriffs can be found here . Beyond the pier is the Star and Garter public house on The Embankment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like wind-up dolls they jump up and down at prospect of going to the river
But first need swaddling in clothes dummy-like due to bad weather
It is frosty and oh, the bother
Our nostrils despite scarves and bonnets stream water
Galoshed-feet pound slippy pavements quickly to get to wherever

First stop the pound shop to buy a whole loaf of sliced bread
Coins jangling, we stand in queue with some dread
It will be dark soon, there’s no time to wait, they said
The ducks go home to sleep we can’t be late, they said

So we make it to Putney Pier and the Thames, with moments to go
Ducklings galore, seagulls, waterfowl four score
While others scatter scraps from their measly store
We have plenty to spare and share, so to the fore!

© Millicent Danker
11 May 2013