‘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) Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 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 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.