Parades of pricy watercraft
captured within wooden pilings,
each named with a clever quip,
owners posing on decks
in bathing suits and cover ups,
serving appetizers, drinking, winking,
relishing their moments on display
at City Dock.

Tourists scanning in all directions
to frame perfect photos
of historic brick, shop-lined streets,
midshipman in uniform strolling,
State Capitol looming above,
lines of children on school trips
boarding the Harbor Queen
docked against a blending backdrop
of water and sky.

Seagulls squawking
dip low to snag a snack,
iron benches arranged
to provide views of boats
racing in the distance
with towering masts
dressed in a rainbow of sails
on Wednesday evenings when
pinks and yellows collide on the horizon.