2023Etched in Stone: Bob AlvesPeople and Communities, 400 Stories Project

A POEM BY BOB ALVES

She waits for those – who cannot return

 

They she gave port – seasons past and once again

She looks back and leaves not without remembrance

For etched are the names – knelt at the entrance

 

She is a warm blanket, providing comfort and alike

Well read, silently-still, amid promise – watching leaders voice in the lights

 

Though garments worn while seasons pass become frail Life’s renewing cause, she inertly hales

 

For she will live long and has been taught

Comforted by garments of eld, provides not

 

A Noreaster, a heartfelt sigh

The clouds forewarn, some may die

 

It is now we silently watched with a grin

She waits for those – who cannot return

 

They she gave port – seasons past – and once again

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bob Alves is a graduate of Gloucester High School and Boston College. Bob’s waterfront roots go back to the early 70s when he worked as a dock-boy for John Cluett and his brother Dean at Bickford’s Marina in Rocky Neck. At the age of 15 Bob’s grandmother bought him the first of many boats, a Montgomery Fish Sailboat. Now in his mid-sixties, Bob continues to be a waterfront activist and enjoys his time with his brother aboard the “Message She Gave.”

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