‘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) NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 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 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.