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Merchant Ship

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Merchant Ship

A Swallow swoops for flitting flies
While Johnny rubs two sleepy eyes,
(As morning rapes the rising sun)
Observing Captain’s course begun:
Slow streams emerge from melting snows -
The Merchant Ship’s in stark repose...

A Vulture fleeces fields far-flung
While Johnny tames a tumid tongue
(Beneath a bleeding sun above)
As Captain counts the dead with love:
For, while the silent waters pose,
The Merchant Ship just sits and grows...

A Serpent weaves amongst the weeds
As Johnny dares audacious deeds
(When evening drains the dying day)
To stop the Captain, come what may:
And while the raging rivers grow
The Merchant Ship rocks to and fro...

An Owl, a’ branch, has teacup eyes,
That glimmer dark as Johnny dies
(Within the screaming sky-like tomb)
While casting Captain to his doom:
Within titanic undertow
The Merchant Ship is sucked below...

A fledgling Bird sprays morning dew
As Johnny Junior’s born anew
(He’s baptised in the dawn ablaze)
To rectify the former days: 
And streams emerge from melting snow
As virgin rivers start to flow...

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 2:12:00 PM
    I love the meter, rhyme, and flow of this beautiful poem. Great job.

  1. Date: 8/28/2012 12:44:00 AM
    awesome write ,, I was playing Captain Jack on board game about a week ago ;}

  1. Date: 8/26/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Terry - another brilliant one. I loved reading the parentheses together, a poem within a poem. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 8/22/2012 4:01:00 PM
    it really flows this poetry of yours... love it mate.... the styx triggered a memory with me so the words flow ...so i type on the puter...

  1. Date: 8/22/2012 7:12:00 AM
    excellent tale, i really enjoyed this nice piece thank you for sharing

  1. Date: 8/21/2012 4:44:00 PM
    Fantastic tale you have told here, Terry...the meter and rhythm flow with ease...Great job! - Tim

  1. Date: 8/21/2012 9:22:00 AM
    Thank you Terry for this beautifully written story,I have enjoyed every word in it,and thank you for stopping by,Ivy

  1. Date: 8/19/2012 5:47:00 AM
    A captivating ballad, Terry! The story and images flow perfectly with the rhythm here. Enthalled by this superior write. Best wishes, Mikki

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 4:46:00 PM
    the rhythm and rhyme of this poem are so perfect it was an absolute pleasure to read! thank you for a brilliantly written tale!

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 7:13:00 AM
    love the Title here also, Terry, as this wonderful poem, flows along with such rhythmic fervour,, those last two lines in the last stanza, to me are classics..

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 6:58:00 AM
    Very captivating ballad.

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 6:24:00 AM
    Terry, you have written a golden gem - very, very good poem - Thank you for sharing this. - oxox // Anne-Lise (+10)

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 5:43:00 AM
    A very engrossing tale. Loved it!

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 5:27:00 AM
    Where do you get it all from, I'll have a drop if whatever it is , another wonderful write dear boy xx

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 2:51:00 AM
    Terry, I love this , but it's more like a ballad, still love it though...David