When a storm breaks loose around you
and a boat is everything that counts,
waves do their best to suddenly confound you,
for every crest frightens when it mounts.
You see the shore when waves lift your boat higher
but feel enclosed by water when it falls,
and all the while you can’t afford to tire
as each movement your full attention calls.
Experienced and long-term trained to steer
the boat that is your means now to survive,
you hope to stay of cliffs or sandbanks clear
when towards a safe harbour you do strive.