The Dragon Boats, with Poetry

Yesterday, I stopped to relax during my walk by the water, here in Victoria, BC, Canada. Here is my poetic description of what happened as I sat on a bench.

Four, Three, Two

I happened to stop,
To sit,
On a bench
When the scene happened to happen to me,
You See.

The calm water began to roll like dice
Across a liquid table,
Companions to shouts that
Broke the air like the pop of opening a
Can of Coca-Cola.

I heard the shouts of
Four, Three, Two,
And turned my head left,
My ponytail following playfully along in motion.

Dragon Boat Practices

© 2012 Christy Birmingham
Victoria, BC, Canada

Two dragon boats streamed across the water
As the rowers moved their oars in
A perfect symphony.
I arched my back for better posture and
A better look.

The boats held men, women, and their shouts of pleasure,
Returning to Ten and then counting down again
As the boat on the right
Inched ahead of its twin.

Next up
Were cries of joy from the rowers who
Reached the finish point first.

The teams are practicing for races that
Will carry more shouts later this summer.
Although I do not know their schedule,
I do know their passion,
As they set a goal and try to make our city proud.

My smile, from that bench,
Was my own way to cheer,
My own way to celebrate how they reached their goal,
A motivation to me to reach my own finish line.

Each morning I pick and I choose
How to fill my own boat,
With a couple of smiles here and
A blanket of peace there.

© 2012 Christy Birmingham

Victoria, BC, Canada

© 2012 Christy Birmingham
Victoria, BC, Canada


39 thoughts on “The Dragon Boats, with Poetry

  1. Julie Catherine

    Christy, this is really cool, I love it! I saw them practicing many years ago in Ontario, and I remember how exciting it was to watch – thank you for this memory. I really like how you relate it at the end to picking and choosing how you fill your own boat to reach your goals, too – awesome! ~ Love and hugs, Julie xoxox 🙂


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Julie, it was such a neat moment for me because I didn’t know they would be practising that day. My ponytail really did swing as I turned to watch the boats! Thanks hon for stopping by 🙂


  2. Marc Phillippe Babineau

    Nice picture(s) of your home and native land! (how did you ever come up with that uber-genius idea?) – although, i must admit, i sorely miss out on 1, 2, buckle my shoe…” as that is my idea of great old mathematical poetry!


  3. Raymond Alexander Kukkee

    Great poem, Christyb! We have dragon boat races once a year here in Tbay, , they are very exciting–you nailed the scene perfectly. I liked the ” and I arched my back for better posture” –you were paddlling right IN the scene you painted. Wonderful! . “Christyb fills her own boat with smiles and paddles in perfect unison for us” Loved this! “:) ~R


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Awe Raymond I have a huge smile on my face right now. I didn’t know if anyone would catch the line about my back, but you did! Thanks for the thoughtfulness of your comment and I’m glad you like the poem.


  4. sugarcoatedangel

    This is such an enchanting and keen observation . The poem doesn’t seem like a monotony, and each part has it’s own importance and identity and above all , it ends on a peaceful note. So tranquile. Keep up the good work!


  5. Red

    Rowing has always been the paramount of timing and rhythm. The teams are amazing to watch. Applying that sort of discipline to life is challenging, but rewarding. Great poem and pictures, Christy.


  6. Tessa

    Christy, loved the whole idea you came up with on your walk. Reading your poem, I could visually see and hear what you did on that day. Thanks for sharing this good feeling. Your journey is all destined to end successfully over the finish line. LOL.



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