Refit, a poem written by SMiles at



written by: SMiles



Dream boat Daisy grounded my shore
a maritime disaster, relationship nightmare
I slept sound, down in my bunk
her waves washing me in filthy water

a note of mutiny received dried eyed and sober
octopus tentacles engulfing my oars of cognition
blue hooped Tee’d, anchor tatted and blue beret hatted
a classic look for a classic vessel, beaching goodbye

tugging to safety, where the love is free
too young to scrap, too old for new cargo
my hammock swinging to a shanty lament
dry docks no place to find new groundings

the sad and needy, not too choosey, take a chance on me type
even ballasted, super structure in tact, not too fussy paint job
never asking for seas of seven, oceans great or small
contented meandering my micro world canal

applying for first mate aboard a new launch luxury liner
twenty five years afloat, not a blemish nor defective radar
damn that radar and Caribbean cruise submit
what this old tug needs, is a damn good shape shift refit.



My name Is Stephen John Miles (SMiles) live in Barrow in Furness Cumbria England, I'm 53 diagnosed dyslexic at 47. Found my written voice once diagnosed and have been shouting ever since. I've a self published children's book Zac's leather elephant and a published children's book The fox the owl and the big green towel, I have a new children's book coming out later this year called Book of Zac. The books are published by Austin Macaulay. I made stories up to entertain my children all rhyming this led to the books. My break in poetry came after a friend of mine died and I wrote a poem for his funeral. Two years ago I appeared at the Bloomsbury festival in London. I write beat poems as it works well with my dyslexia. Something I feel strongly about is self expression after feeling excluded for so long. I'm not for everyone but then not everyone's for me so that makes us even.

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