Tugboats Online by Monica Engeler

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I wrote a poem about Tugboat Chaos and decided to illustrate it. I drew and painted the images in a childlike way. Full of color and simple detail. I would like to show some of the illustrations. There are 18 all together.

Tugboat Chaos

I walked along the city harbor one day
When a bright red tugboat anchored ashore
The captain unloaded supplies from aboard
“Ahoy, Where is the shop Salt Away”?

Around the bend captain and down a tad
They have fish and bait all you need
“Thanks mate and so I will go see”
Promise you nothing in the store is bad.

The skipper took his supplies to trade,
And then he returned to his red tugboat.
Good bye my mate and drifted afloat
The pier looked bare and almost afraid.

I continued to walk along the dock
And I watched the red tugboat sail away.
Shortly three tugboats hovered this way
All traveled in single line creating a block.

No other ship could go through there line
Suddenly one craft sped away,
And it created such a large sway,
The other vessels just drifted out of line.

The wild wave swelled so far that the red boat
Rocked back and forth creating a big splash
“You crazy seaman” cried the captain in a flash
And so the tugboat cruised on in a slow float.

The sun slowly went down to end another day
And the tugboats were now far-off from the port
There was a lot of activity around the seaport
I am just glad all went safely on their way.


  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...almost 5 years ago

    This is magnificent! Great poem! The art is perfect!

  • Thanks.

    – Monica Engeler

  • biddumy
    biddumyalmost 5 years ago
    Love the art and colour, super poem too!!!
  • Thanks.

    – Monica Engeler

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsalmost 5 years ago

    LOve the style and colors. Well done

  • Thanks again. Appreciate the comment.

    – Monica Engeler

  • xssif
    xssifalmost 5 years ago


  • Tugboats online talk. Thanks for commenting.

    – Monica Engeler

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 3 years ago

    love your tugboats! :)

  • Thanks kindly.

    – Monica Engeler

  • Gunes Yilmaz
    Gunes Yilmazover 3 years ago

    very cool, love the colors and style!

  • Just saw your comment. Thanks so much. Much appreciated

    – Monica Engeler

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