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  Nr. 39 - July 2001
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Poet's Corner

The Lapped Waterline
by Rory Brennan
in memory of Brett Taylor 1943-1983

I found your old boat beached under the shade
Of tamarisk trees, sand sifting up the deck,
The cabin shuttered, fittings and lifeline frayed.
Here is your island grave, not a transatlantic

Cemetery of coffined rows under a lead-lined sky.
From here I watch the bay you used to sail,
Can nearly hear you start again some wry
Outlandish life-enhancing tale

That always made us listen, laugh - and love.
For what so grieved you there’s no gift or cure
Like the lapped waterline your boat’s above.
The once enriched feel keenly to be poor.

Brett Taylor was the founder of the Aegean Center for Fine Arts - see our cover story this month. The poem is taken from an anthology called “The Wind Messages” by Rory Brennan, illustrated by Alice Meyer-Wallace. Copies available at The Metaxas Gallery in Naoussa (tel 52667).
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