A motorcycle blats down Prospect,
downshifts at Destino’s curve then to
roar off beneath the Virgin’s startled eyes,
the schooner still cradled in her arms
atop Our Lady of Good Voyage.
A neighbor’s pool holds koi floating on
their sides amidst great chunks of ice
residue of an unholy winter. Ichthus.
The icons confuse: no baby but a ship,
fish dead but no loaves. What I’d really
like to know, Where is that baby? Perhaps
the Harley hogger on the way to Mom’s
and ham with yams will tell.
Eric Schoonover is a writer, boatbuilder and watercolorist living in Gloucester. He is the author of the award-wining The Gloucester Suite and Other Poems and a novel, Flowers of the Sea.