Poetry challenge Red boat: the entries

Sorry this is late. I was away in the wilds and didn’t get back until it was too late and I was too tired to get this post together.

Peter Bouchier is first in with a jaunty pirate tale.



Sarah with a couplet of poems, distinctly different in style and content, one homely, one magical.

Red boat rondelet 1 – For Jane Dougherty | fmme writes poems

Red boat rondelet 2 – for Jane Dougherty | fmme writes poems


Louise also offered two poems after working over an idea. The result is a similarity in tone, but slightly different in effect.

The Ocean Winds – Fantasy Raconteur

We Travel Far – Fantasy Raconteur


Ken another couplet, first one happy and carefree, the second with the hint of dark cloud on the horizon.


Adrift | rivrvlogr


This has really been the week for couplets. Another one from Merril: achingly nostalgic for the first one, and another jaunty (female) pirate story for the second.

Rondelet: Poetry Challenge | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings


Sue Vincent with an utterly beautiful and dreamlike poem

Journey | Sue Vincent – Daily Echo


TJ’s poem combines the nautical jauntiness of a pirate poem, with the dream/adventure of the more mystical creations.



Kat’s poem is a journey in many senses of the word.

Liberation | like mercury colliding…


Mr Todd’s poem has an edge of impending disaster to it. The sea as a force to be reckoned with.

The Winds Have Blown… – A Flash of Fiction…


Kerfe’s and Kat’s poems should maybe be read together. Daughters, journeys and time passing. Plus the gorgeous artwork, of course.

Compass Rose | method two madness Edit


Geoff with his hallmark piss-take humour. Anything with the word ‘chunder’ in it makes me laugh 🙂

The Sea and Santa #poem #poetry | TanGental


Janice’s poem is filled with longing, our human ever-searching for some kind of ‘destiny’ in contrast with the unchanging patterns of fish and sky.

Sailing the wind – Ontheland


Leara’s poem is another one that uses the theme of sailing to freedom. It’s a very potent image. Just as the sea divides, so it can become the path to a new life.

To Freedom – LearaWrites


Sri’s poems are, as ever, filled with songs and hope.


Thank you all so much for that bumper crop. It makes a beautiful collection. Apologies for being late with the round up, but I’ll get next week’s challenge out later today when I’ve caught up with myself.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

13 thoughts on “Poetry challenge Red boat: the entries”

  1. Thanks for the roundup Jane. There were so many entries that you had to join up together…well worth it for reading and as usual, a great variety!

    1. I had a lot of calls on my time this week so things got a bit behind. It’s likely to be that way for a while. It would be a shame to stop now that we’ve built up such a momentum.

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