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Samantha Pearson


Swabby Ship Shanty


A barnacled nail
Fantastical tale
Of green briny whales
And lightly rimed sails

Multistory rails guide slow craggy snails
As fish chase their tails
In sunken sea fables

Through ship's fog
And a perilous slog
In this graveyard bound bog
There's a story waterlogged-
To be

About a captain, you see
A commander elite
A deck hand of the sea
Not dragging his feet

But it all went awry
And through tears explained why
He moaned and he cried to me:

As the ship sank
He yelled and he drank
He sang of his ranks
Silly sailor pranks-
Carefree

The navy
The navy
Oh how I crave thee
The navy the navy
So free

The navy
The navy
Oh please save me

Out on the perilous sea

Submitted: Monday, July 14, 2014

Topic(s): fantasy


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7/14/2014

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