A Paper Boat

I want to build a paper boat
to float away on the gushing waters
of the city streets and urban lanes

Setting sail against splashing wheels
I’ll deftly skip over debris rapids
Navigating swirls of brimming rain

I want to feel the paper light
Illuminate my tiny cabin
Casting textual newspaper shadows

I will make me a paper hat
Just like a real sailor
And man the helm shouting ‘ahoy!’

Perhaps on my journeys
I’ll meet other boats
And see sailors like me

Maybe there will be the occasional bump
Our boats may entangle
And we’ll heave to for repairs

And maybe we’ll chat a while
Talk about the weather
And have a cuppa tea

And then we’ll set sail
Like we are supposed to
And travel the gutters again

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For all of you who began reading my last epically lengthy work, only to falter after seeing that it was not a trifling little ditty to be gobbled up in a single mouthful – here’s something more manageable.


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  • ©Maria Medeiros
    ©Maria Medeirosalmost 6 years ago

    So beautiful! lovely !

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghalmost 6 years ago

    So delightful…would make a lovely children’s story. Now for illustrations.. =P

  • MissKristy
    MissKristyalmost 6 years ago

    Oh Mark…why did you have to go and remind me of Sailors? LOL This is so exquisitely beautiful…and absolutely sums up where I am at right now too. Thanks for sharing.

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanalmost 6 years ago

    And then we’ll set sail
    Like we are supposed to
    And travel the gutters again

    killer stanza .. absolutely love it

    beautiful metaphor and imagery in this piece

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 6 years ago

    Nice one Mark – Ted

  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaalmost 6 years ago

    Oh Mark…you wrote it :)))
    Beautiful imagery xx

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 5 years ago

    Every city childs dream, as an adult sailor I’d love to be able to travel this way when stuck in the urban world.

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kuabout 5 years ago

    i want a paper boat too.

  • jerryfish103
    jerryfish103over 4 years ago

    I’m so happy I found this prose!

    This past year I’ve been working with imagery of the paper boat for my Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.

    some of the work can be found here:

    Your writing just describes exactly what I’m trying to convey in my visual work!

    I would be honored if I could qoute your words to help structure my Thesis Paper. If not, I totally understand.

    I’m literally filled with joy, since I found this!

  • Mark German
    Mark Germanover 4 years ago

    Happy to help out, Jerry, and glad it suits and you like it :)
    Don’t forget to credit me though!

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