To read the latest issue, click 'Issues by year' in the menu above

Men Overboard

(For a friend who told me that her childhood dream of becoming a fishergirl was thwarted by the lack of  facilities on her father’s fishing-boat.)

I might have been a fishergirl
and sailed the fish-filled sea.
But Daddy never owned a boat
with loos where crews could pee.

And to preserve my modesty
he banned me from his boat
lest all its crew be taken short
while they were still afloat

and thus expose his daughter
to the sight of several flawed
but very manly fishermen
with rods out overboard.

Leo Vincent