An RBC Christmas poem 2011



The Boats are all wrapped

The bilges all drained

There are stands and cribwork

all secure and maintained


Cushions and tea cups

Wine glasses  and sunscreen

all put away waiting for sunshine,

and a first mate to obey.


But now the days are short

The nights are long

there will be ice in the harbour

and fishing shacks to put on.


Some boats have gone

Others are new.

Some captains and Mates

Have found their shores too.


The season of Advent

is here right now

It is the count down to christmas

and remembrance of just how



It’s a season for the giving of thanks

And the pondering life

It is a time to end hunger,

violence and strife.


This is the day

and this is the hour

When God himself

made his advisory cower


He walked in our midst

He traveled our roads

He sailed our great ships

And he listened up close


He shared with us

his thoughts and his heart

He modeled a life

that he could impart.

Jesus a saviour

A fishermen’s friend

Stands in our midst

on this night once again.

                                         by Rev. Eric Phinney

About Eric Phinney

Past Commodore Renforth Boat Club Rector of Renforth (St. James the Less Church)
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