(Tall Ships Race, 1998)

Flouncing and fluttering
All of a razzle dazzle
She gives us the glad eye
Trails love in her wake
Her sedater sisters
Pass by serenely
Dignified swans
Dwarfed by her height
Sloe-eyed suitors
Tighten her stays
She flaunts her white petticoats
Dips her prow to the sea
Tempts the dark clouds
Vamps her way home.