Taquarius  (for Doris, 31st July 2014)


The Thames glides by,

here where boats bob

& waterbirds cry.


From full tide to low

measures the way

the minutes, the hours, flow.


From low tide to full

cradles & rocks the heart

with the river’s pull.




Note: Taquarius is the boat moored at Eel Pie Island where my daughter Doris lived while doing her apprenticeship in horticulture at Kew Gardens 2011-2014. This poem was written on Doris’s last day on the boat while she was packing and Elizabeth and I were helping.