Age Old Song
I walked down to the harbour today
drawn by the scent of the sea;
Before me I saw a scene of life and strength.
Trawlers had arrived back
from their week long work at sea,
from fishing and other lands.
Laughter, strength and sheer vitality;
Filled the air with age old song.
I loved it down there, watching and listening
keeping myself out of the way.
My father knew where I was and gave me a wink,
came and lifted me to the sky.
They loved their work, these men of the sea,
it was hard but they were strong and free.
Their stories fascinated me.
As the men withdrew to BOA,
a centre for repairing nets and making new,
for sharing news and laughs, bellyfuls.
It was also where the Storyteller held forth.
Fantastic stories and wisdoms held all enthralled,
as hands flew at tasks and laughter rose.
In the homes women happily worked,
cooking and singing;
Their men were safely home.
At BOA work and stories paused
as husbands and fathers longed
for their women, children. For home.
Happy as a bird I walked home
my little hand in pappas hand, so strong and safe.
Reaching home my mamma held her arms outstretched,
pappa lifted her up and walking around
sang her a song of love and fun;
A song all his own.
All five chicks following them around
waiting patiently for their turn.
Such joy reigned in our abode.
© miriam ivarson