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The Moby Dick Reunion

The Moby Dick Reunion 

One hundred fifty nine years have passed
Since Melville published his novel.
Seven hundred twenty pages in length
Some say it was much too nautical. 

All of the characters have gathered.
They’re going to have a reunion.
Rumor has it, they say, that Herman himself
Is making a huge revelation. 

Ishmael is the first to arrive,
And it’s he who was telling the story.
That’s only right, in the book he survived,
He deserves to get all the glory. 

Fedallah and Moby were next in line,
Just in from the Dr. Phil Show.
Their friendship had grown a lot lately.
The harpooner was psychic you know! 

When he and Phil studied the big fishes mind,
They found out his reason for anger.
The fact that he was albino
Had burned in his mind like a canker. 

Ahab, it seems, was equally mean,
And caused a lot of his stress.
He’d cornered the whale with harpoon boats, 
And offered no way for egress. 

Moby’s life has been changed forever.
He’s hitched to a really cute killer.
She’s working part time at Sea World,
Seems they needed a sub for their “killer”. 

The pub where they met was named Starbucks,
In honor of the owner.
The first mate was rich as a pirate.
He could even afford to buy toner. 
Then through the door entered Ahab,
With a prosthesis and brand new pipe.
He finally learned to be happy,
And enjoyed a simpler life. 

With him was Herman Melville,
A screenplay under his arm.
One thousand pages he’d written,
About whalers who lived on a farm? 

The crew didn’t give their attention.
By now, they were tanked up on rum.
He said he was going to Hollywood,
And if they were smart they would come. 

But Ahab and Moby were sobbing.
Tears falling into their mugs.
After all of their trials they found friendship
In the bottom of a jug. 

Herman begged them to go make the movie.
But, their lives were happier now.
They all had families to care for,
And no urge for taking a bow. 

It seems that while Melville was groveling,
Pip and Ishmael had stolen the play.
They put it in Queequey’s coffin,
And watched it float slowly away. 

That was the end of the reunion.
They all went home that night,
Happy with the realization,
That their lives were all just right!

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  1. Date: 3/6/2010 12:07:00 PM
    so well written! I enjoyed that. Susan

  1. Date: 3/5/2010 12:46:00 PM
    wow..such a mench (good person in Yiddish!) you are I think your verse may well have been more memorable TO ME...LOL than that book...very few books I don't finish I love to read ...Gormenghast, Lord of the Rings, Mobey Dick & recently Gravities Rainbow...these aurthors are way TOO long winded for me! SOUP MAIL friend Ray!

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 6:55:00 PM
    An amazing write Ray and the movie was great but u have listed everything in the novel as well... brilliant.. just wanted to say thankxxx for your blog comment about my son leaving for military duty in Iraq... I have 4 sons.. Eric Edward is the "baby"... I welcome the luv, support, thoughts and prayers u offered.. its really helps my family.. luv..Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 11:37:00 PM
    Thank you for your welcome blog comment today Ray.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 4:03:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry today Ray. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 8:15:00 AM
    I think this is wonderful..I am going to read that again someday soon..some nice rhyming, which I find very difficult. BG