~ Poetry by me ~
Trading ship rowing from Birka to Haithabu,
rolling in the rough tides of the northern shores,
with a cargo of amber,
and wool and saltfish,
otter furs, bracteates, and iron ores.
Dragonship homebound from England to Norway,
setting its sail for the ice-cold Fjords,
and the sick and wounded,
kite shields, captives, and silver coin hoards.
Smug Swedish freighter with streamlined funnel,
sliding through the Baltic Sea for business deals,
with a cargo of foambaths,
TVs and cellulars,
sport mags, hair dye, and microwave meals.
© 2006 Michaela
Adapted from "Cargoes" by John Masefield.
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Image: Fore of the Oseberg ship.