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16 October 2014
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Alex Pryce
Alex Pryce

Alex Pryce is currently finishing her final year of school in Bangor, studying English, History and ICT. She has been scribbling furiously for many years and has recently been awarded a National Endowments for Science Technology and the Arts Youth Fellowship. In the future she hopes to study English at university and publish an anthology of poetry.

A Boat in Blue by Alex Pryce

The wind teases at sails
To push and pull a boat in blue.

“Sea gulls and salt water –
It was a sailor's life for me.
Left home 16, ripe
To join the Royal Navy.”

The wind tugs at sails
To push and pull a boat in blue.

“All the men were like me,
That signed up on 10 th May's high tide.
They shouted their dreams to a westerly wind,
And spat their pasts to the sea.”

The wind tears at sails
To push and pull a boat in blue.

“Like me, their dreams became tangled in canvas,
Sank ships, or were lost at sea.”

The right wind is no wind
When a man fights in blue between land and land.
When a man doesn't know what harbour he is making for
No wind is the right wind.


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