Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

The Good Ship Benevolent


Fomenting a fervor and stirring the bones
Ensnaring the sirens with songs from his lips
In voice of contralto or bass baritone
The dashing corsair in splendiferous ship.

A weathered and feathered, half woman half bird
Chimera admired his masterly spark
And breadth of his vision the first time she heard
The quick-witted salt in his broad-bottomed barque.

So lashing her limbs to the limb of a tree
To steady herself from the force of his throat
She listened with mixture of shock, awe and glee
To talented tar in his seaworthy boat.

Then plucking a shellfish she flew to a tor
And wielding a talon, proceeded to shuck it
One beady red eye on his exploits galore
The bold buccaneer in his barnacled bucket.

Submitted: Monday, July 02, 2012

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  • Danny Draper (7/5/2012 8:20:00 AM)

    Ahhhh! Be this the rhyme of the contemporary sand groper. The Benevolent, the Enterprise, Bartavia and Voyager, all Captains and motley crew, this be a timely verse of mirth, but within a message behooves to scrape Klingons from the starboard bow, 'n' barnacles from your Jefferies Tubes. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (7/3/2012 1:10:00 PM)

    Now you went and done it! Pirate girl is sending me under the bucket to scrape barnacles.
    The other Pirates want to rename the ship the Benevolent. The Chimera is breathing fire down
    my hollow neck. Pirate girl is highly suspicious the notorious Poetess lives in Darling Range.
    The pickle jar went empty again, I don't know who is wearing them and I'm praying it's not you!
    All things considered a hell of a write and a raucous good laugh! (Report) Reply

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