She lies
on memory’s
rocks and shoals

Life leaks
from every
storm torn
hole in her hull

Brain sinks
to muddy

Broken hip
her to bed

Brackish water
clings to her
hospital gown

Nothing left
for salvage

Please pilot

her back
to the harbor



About the Poet:

Peter M. Gordon’s poems have appeared in several magazines, books and websites, including Slipstream, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature, 34th Parallel, Cultural Weekly, the Provo Canyon Review, and of course, Poetry Breakfast.  He’s a founder and past President of Orlando Area Poets, the largest chapter of the Florida State Poetry Association. Peter taught poetry workshops at the Florida Writer’s Association Conference and to several other groups in Central Florida. His poetry collection, Two Car Garage, is available from all online book sellers. Peter lives in Orlando, Florida and teaches in Full Sail University’s Film Production MFA program after spending 35 years in the entertainment industry, developing, producing, and curating content.



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Photo by Slawomir Kowalewski.