All at Sea

I am all at sea
I have backed the sails and they are flogging
I do not know which way to push the tiller
To port? To face the onslaught of waves
To starboard? To run away with the waves
Instead I am hove to, stuck, going nowhere

I am taking water, sinking
Bail out or head for shallow water?
I man the bilge pumps
As fast as I pump out, water flows in
I do not want to drown
I put on a lifejacket, send out a mayday

The tide changes, water ebbing
I touch the bottom
I drop an anchor, secure at last
I drift away no more
I launch the lifeboat and row for the shore
I am wearing my pink flip flops

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