Polly

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Skull and Crossbones

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For Day 3 of Napowrimo we’re challenged to write a sea shanty.

Sea Shanties were work songs sung on ships during the age of sail. Napowrimo’s prompt today is to write a Sea Shanty. They were often in the form of call and response, so that’s the shape of my poem.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow (Photo credit: Wikipedia) [OK, any excuse!]

Skull and Crossbones

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

Splice the mainbrace, swab the decks,
Drop the anchor, spy the wrecks

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

Mermaids splash and sirens wail,
Sailors search for fishy tails

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

Clipper sails on salty sea
Treasure beckons avidly

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

Wine casks lined up in the hold
Sailors carouse, ever bold

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

Shore folk see the topsails shake,
Grin to see the merchants quake

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

Sandalwood scent tickles nose,
Pirates fight off all their foes

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

See the tea chests stacked up high
Tea perfume up to the sky

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

Talk of sea dogs, talk of grog,
Talk of mists and rising fog

A skull and crossbones, fathoms deep,
Captain Jack Sparrow never sleeps

Polly Robinson © 2013

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18 thoughts on “Skull and Crossbones

  1. Fabulous – I can hear it!! (and anything with Jack Sparrow in it, is a bonus!!) :D

  2. A fan of mister Depp I see ;)

  3. A tidy set of images :)

  4. We are all mainly fascinated by Johnny Depp. k.

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