...found a poem.

I was digging through some old files and came across this that I wrote quite a while ago about my favourite sweater. I think it was in one of my journals or something, but, the text ended up in one of the files on my computer.

...and I'm generally not one for writing poetry that rhymes:

Oh gansey oh gansey,
Tight upon my chest;
Give me great protection,
'Till the boat comes to rest.

Diamonds, ropes, and ladders
Adorning all the yoke;
Keep me safe while fishing;
To get back to my folk.

Tightly knit and waterproof,
Thick against the breeze;
Make sure that I'm kept well.
Do this for me, please.

Every fisherman has his gansey,
Different, every one;
Passed down the generations,
From father to his son.

If, alas, my boat should turn
And I should fall to sea;
Be my identification
So my family can mourn for me.

Oh gansey oh gansey,
Tight upon my chest;
Knit by those who love me dear,
I am forever blessed.



smalltownknitguy's picture

Great lyrics. Just learned about the stitch patterns and uniqueness to villages last night. Learning new things every day. Enjoyed reading the poem. May read to my knit group tonight.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Nice poem, Robert. I have always loved gansey patterns and have used a couple of motifs in socks. Always planned a sweater but haven't started it...yet. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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WillyG's picture

That's cool, Robert!
I don't know that I'd like my sweater to be to tight, but I do like the image of "Tight upon my chest." Haha.

Thanks for sharing.

MMario's picture

I can *almost* hear a tune for this....shanty, of course....

Most ponder.

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Kilted Knitter's picture

That is a beautiful poem Robert, would like to see the sweater that inspired that poem.