The Shipbuilder and his Daughter. A poem by Lorraine Gibson

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The Shipbuilder and his Daughter
 His blood froze in a Scottish winter. His daughter danced unknowing
 in a land of southern summers. Alone in his chair, Buttons the cat 
  
 stretched out along his thigh, it’s said he did not feel that mighty brain tide
 pound its damage. Her ‘Hi Dad’ phone-call rings unanswered in the empty flat
  
 as he lies waiting for his glacial earthen bed. Icy clay fleshed open
 by a clawing digger. Buttons, with no viable lodgings is sent to join him. 
  
 Shipbuilder mates peppered against arctic hulls sing their rivets out
 across an ancient Caledonia. Tall cranes branch out over the working river 
  
 hydraulic willows — weeping out bitter scour. Grief hails
 from a distance. It comes it floods across ten thousand miles.

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Lorraine Gibson is an Anthropologist, painter, and more recently a writer of poetry. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has called Australia home for many decades. Lorraine holds a PhD. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her writing is published in academic journals, magazines and books, including:  Gibson. L. 2013. ‘We Don’t Do Dots: Aboriginal Art and Culture in Wilcannia, New South Wales’. Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing.

Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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