A retired Shipyard Draughtsman hears the Ghost-Pilot’s song
He stands, blueprints now memories, grips the rail tightly, sees
the current’s strength that forces brown water as mist solidifies
drifts downstream, to become self-fulfilling shapes of ships
longer than warehouses, masts tall as cranes at Cammell Laird’s
then hears a ghost-pilot sing as they pass the floodlit Three Graces
mentioning trade routes, merchandise, vessels’ names, their owners,
while the moon’s light gleams on their stones, long-dark windows,
shimmers on the river, reaches him. Watery-eyed he turns, walks
having heard in the breeze on the Mersey’s not-yet-dawn flow
laments that float over its surface. He sings their echoes.
Bob Cooper has had 7 pamphlets published – six of them winning pamphlet competitions. He’s also had two full length collections published, one by Arrowhead in 2002 then another with Pindrop in 2017 see: http://www.pindroppress.com/books/Everyone%20Turns.html He lives on the Wirral.