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Christmas at sea

Christmas at Sea. 

Once I was kicked by a mule, as I was remonstrating, 
a dog interfered and bit my ankle. There is something 
deeply embarrassing to lose arguments to animals.
Guayaquil, Colombia, I hadn´t gone ashore for fun but to 
buy food stuff for the crew. Since it was a few days before 
Christmas and even our Moslems crew liked something 
extra. It is difficult to get into the festive mood when it is 
hot and I had been bitten and kicked, Jesus was born in 
a barn which is a good place to be a cold winter night as 
animals exude good warmth. I marvel of the nativities of 
Joseph, a finer man than me; a person unsung through 
times.  Chicken for Christmas, not pork, in every mess 
hall there were a coloured trees, since the Islamists do not 
drink there was peace on earth; I forgave the mule and 
the bloody, yellow monster of a dog. And silently the old 
tramper ploughed the sea on her way to Jamaica, where 
the seaman´s priest would invite us Christians to sing
psalms and hand out little presents of socks and gloves     
knitted by kind ladies back in Norway.

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  1. Date: 12/3/2012 9:25:00 PM
    Jan.. love the verse.. enjoyed stopping by tonight~Always~Pd

    hansen Avatar jan oskar hansen
    Date: 12/4/2012 3:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you destroyer
  1. Date: 12/3/2012 6:55:00 AM
    Did you sing with the priest and seamen? It's a lovely picture giving knitted socks and gloves to Jamaicans. love, Kathy

    hansen Avatar jan oskar hansen
    Date: 12/3/2012 7:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I only pretended to sing
  1. Date: 12/3/2012 4:31:00 AM
    nice share,,,,thank you jan for your nice work,..enjoyed!!! <3 SK

    hansen Avatar jan oskar hansen
    Date: 12/3/2012 7:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Sukmawati