Treasure Island

Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

The Captain's Secret


In that land of make-believe,
Where only children aren’t deceived,
I’m the captain of an update spaceship car.

By day a sun’s bright ray
Hides my space ships as I play,
So adults never know just where they are.

I play with little cars,
Pretend that I’m a man from Mars,
And no one ever knows I’ve come this far.

But in the sky at night
Any stars that come in sight
Are just the fleet of a seasoned spacecraft tar.*

My craft is very fast;
I thrill the grown-ups with my blast,
Who think that they have seen a shooting star.

Submitted: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Edited: Saturday, March 29, 2014

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*tar: sailors of long ago were called “tars” because of the tar that they smeared on the ships to make them water-proof.

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  • Ed Nigma (7/5/2014 12:45:00 PM)

    I like the idea behind this piece conveyed. Being that you have taken on the role of another adult gendered male as the speaker but also as a child through the speaker. Very neat Idea shows you have a creative imagination. Allan Gerard (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (2/23/2014 7:29:00 AM)

    Beautiful escape back to childhood, where dreams are reality of each new day, imagination is a brighter world! (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (2/18/2014 10:44:00 PM)

    Delightful look at the captain of make believe pity the world was like it when we grow up...charming poem...regards (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/7/2014 10:35:00 PM)

    i haven't read the poem yet, but i shall, as i wish to know the secret. will i actually learn what the secret is? but then it won't be a secret! as for the poet note: maybe people who wax cars for a living should be calls waxes?

    adeline, the last line was the frosting on the cake. thanks for sharing the poem and the rhymes especially. bri :) (Report) Reply

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