The Dilemma  
By Mark Steele - Auckland, New Zealand

The older one gets the higher the hurdles
as ailments aplenty appear,
rats in our bilge, a few bats in our rigging,
new horizons oft negated by fear.

Many would like to just get on a yacht
put to sea, seek blue water, sail away,
but then the dilemma is the leaving of loved ones
and our need to be near night and day.

So we dream about sailing or build model yachts
and we point them due north with great glee,
we’ve slipped anchor in spirit, imagination runs riot
as we voyage on a pondy-like sea.

Mark Steele

a recent picture of Mark Steele, with age showing,
taken by Mark and Norma's youngest daughter

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