poet Herbert Nehrlich

Herbert Nehrlich

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Bravery At Sea

The Captain knew that pirates would again
attack his crew of brave and fearless men.
In answer to a call that there were three
unmarked and bloody-minded frigates, it was he
who called, to able seamen bring the shirt
the red one.Folks will certainly be hurt.

The battle over, first mate asked the chief
as they were sailing near the Stoertebeaker Reef,
why would you call for a red shirt, please tell me Sire,
just at the moment all of us must brave the fire?

It is, he said, a matter of concealing fear
red masks all injuries inside the chest or near
folks will assume that things are going rather well
the colour red is always soothing, I can tell.

Then, suddenly the call came from the mast
that twenty frigates had surrounded them at last,
the captain yelled now at the top of his strong voice
get me the pants now that are brown, and hurry boys.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 28, 2008

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  • Ernestine NorthoverErnestine Northover (2/28/2008 12:10:00 PM)

    Herbert this is hilarious. You are a great humourous writer, I always feel there is a little chuckle under your belt, take it as you will! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX

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  • C.R. ClarkC.R. Clark (2/28/2008 7:43:00 AM)

    Excellent read. This poem grabbed my attention from the very first word and drew me deeper with every line. The last line seems perfect for the situation at hand. A 10 plus in my thinking. Thanks

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