‘The Ghost in the Crow’s Nest’ by Enri Vilmos The Society July 14, 2015 Culture, Poetry 1 Comment The captain on this night would have no rest A storm rages and moves in from the West And the heathen banshees screech and wail As the waves bring down the mast and sail On a ship that would lose skipper and men In a precipitation at gale force ten Then destined to drift on the endless tides Battered and beaten, attacked on all sides Above in the sky an albatross flew (When) A ghost in the crow’s nest said it once knew At least four and twenty jolly jack tars – That performed a hornpipe beneath the stars Upon the deck in shoes with buckles bright (The cabin boy was drunk – his head was ‘light’) And each glass was filled with fiery rum As the concertina played along with the drum A toast was made to the king and his son – And the navy for the battles they had won! O come now lads a shanty we shall sing – The girls in port shall have a wedding ring! The spirit remembered the halcyon days Of those now at peace in watery graves! Featured Image: “Shipwreck” by Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714- 1789) Related Post ‘Sonnet for a Cosmetic Company’ and Other Poetry... Sonnet for a Cosmetic Company Ah Youth! To whom each maiden plights her troth To coax and woo each winsome charm to stay ‘Tis difficult to match yo... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail One Response Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi July 26, 2015 I loved this tale and craft used in telling the story. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.