Insurance Matters

For @Dru_Marland (Blog)

Here – almost – an immolated whale
found bare – beached and dry

She is still – no stuttering breaths
of engine or pumps – cold dead

Almost a mounted catch on display
No slightness – no sway – no slippings

by lullaby currents or crosswinds
off loosely tied mooring ropes

For once – barefooted – landlocked –
awaiting brushes and touches below

as they look for ingress and pitting
from galvanic action – They mutter

as they chalk up indicative lines
on her rubbed clean underside

You agree to fixing sacrificial anodes
Done – then you are lifted with a rush

as your craft is back to old waterways
for another thousand days of drifting