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Man In Charge

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There is a spot a mile or so from where I live where I go sometimes and sit and contemplate. You look out over the port and the ocean and there is a flag pole near by that was a ship's mast from a vessel that grounded on the beach in the 19th century. A typical port scene with ships loading 24 hours, cranes working, forklifts driving back and forth.


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Man In Charge

Sometimes I take a walk 
Down Pioneer Road
Destination lookout post 
Hoist my own colours  
On that white flag pole
To let them all know 
The master's in residence

Settle in the boss's chair 
Look out over the ship yard 
And pretend that I'm in charge
Mine is the permit required
To sail or dock
Load or unload
Board or disembark
 
Shift that boat 
It spoils the view 
Don't park that crane there 
I'd rather my picture was not obscured 
By your crisscrossed steel beams 
Somebody dim those lights 
It's way past time 
You all went home

Then lower the flag
Walk away satisfied
A days work done 
In however many minutes
I feel allowed 
To dwell a man in charge
Ship yard's master in his own mind

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