Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Fishing Boat

By Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer


On a cloudy Monday morning
bearded fathers with children
trekked to the docks,
carrying plastic buckets
and beat-up coolers
to store the catch.

As we boarded the rust-eaten boat
I, a nine-year-old city girl in glasses,
saw young deserted men
chopping squid,
and I wondered if they
even had a life on the shore.

We set sail and I heard the captain
speak in his vehement voice:
“Bait your hooks, hold your lines,”
and then I caught a glimpse of Hyannis
dissolving in the distance,
like a homeland I’ve never visited.