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The Outrigger

An Ode to Childhood Mischief

There it was…
Anchored in the shore
Our neighbor’s outrigger
One hazy Saturday afternoon
 
It’s so inviting
On a quiet, lazy day
Nothing worthwhile to do
Take a nap, or go out to sea
 
So stealthily…
I stole the outrigger
Lest our neighbor sees me
It’d be hell if mom found out
 
A mile out at sea
It was calm and serene
All alone with my thoughts
All my crazy childhood dreams
 
Days of youth
Where have they gone?
Days of childhood mischief
Of hope and youthful fantasies
 
All grown up
I look out the window
The outrigger anchored there
Somehow not as inviting as before
 
07-27-2015
© Vic A Evora

(2015)

In an outrigger canoe and in sailboats such as the proa, an outrigger is a thin, long, solid, hull used to stabilise an inherently unstable main hull. The outrigger is positioned rigidly and parallel to the main hull so that the main hull is less likely to capsize. If only one outrigger is used on a vessel, its weight reduces the tendency to capsize in one direction and its buoyancy reduces the tendency in the other direction.

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