May 23, 2018
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By Gerald George, Special to the BDN

He lost his home by the sea
when he couldn’t pay the tax.
He had to move inland
and he took along his axe.

And every stick he chopped
to stoke his shack’s wood stove,
he saw as the neck of the rich
who now lived on the cove.

There they could see the sea
and the boat by which he made
a living, depending on
what shore-rich merchants paid.

And then one day a yacht
near swamped his fishing boat
while he was patching a crack
to try to keep afloat.

He kept afloat, then opened
the throttle all the way
and headed for open sea
far beyond the bay.

Though some of us saw him go,
none of us saw any more
of him or his boat. Maybe
he found a kinder shore.

Gerald George of East Machias has written books on museums, historic sites and libraries and is a member of the Salt Coast Sages group of writers.


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