John Carter Brown


The Sailor And The Market Man - Poem by John Carter Brown

'I ask you to see reason'
Says the sailor who is stern;
'You know full well that from the sea
A living I must earn;
I'll bother you to shake on it,
I haven't got all day;
Come on now make your mind up,
It ain't a lot to pay! '

'My friend, your price is far too high'
The market-man declares,
'Go find another buyer now
Who'll rid you of your wares.
I know the fish you bring to sell
Are fat and fresh and sound,
But I must make a living too
By watching every pound.'

The sailor and the market-man
They argue every day,
As if there's no tomorrow,
And each must have his say.
The sailor and the market-man
At odds they'll always be,
Until they've taken all
The little fishes from the sea.

Written Dec 1994

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I must have been in a 'green' mood when I wrote this.

Comments about The Sailor And The Market Man by John Carter Brown

  • Heather Wilson (12/12/2012 12:16:00 PM)


    Stay in a green mood John, loved the poem, also someone has to watch out for the future of sea life
    .a lovely write.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 17, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 21, 2012


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