Ghost ship

Shackled to a whole black sea,
Riding the red-tide, this barnacled
Dead ship, skulled and crossboned,
Lists, grinding lumber
In a jacket of worms, diminishing ghost.

All the long gone pirates: They
Get back, though, soon,
Soon, be it by wake, funeral,
Childbirth to a womb:
Any touch a sanctuary, usurping time

Between tick and tack of the clock;
Until they go, each freebooter to lie
Deadlocked in shadows of blue with cold,
Never seeing the sun come up, and are met,
Instead, by wave-tips glittering like jack plugs.

Fading apparitions, ghosts dwindling on peg-legs,
Bureaus of bones, wavering, gauze-edged;
Trailing rudder into the crisp dark cusp of the sea,
Skeletons thin to nothing, the draggled lot;
The ship ribbed every winch and stay.

Copyright © 11/16/18 lance sheridan®

Ghost ship

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29 comments on “Ghost ship

  1. Sir, you have given every pic of our fear. Awesome post.

  2. Excellent.
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  4. Fantastic and  amazing poem. Just short and straight forward.

    You are a phenomenal person with such incredible poem.

    Am so glad that I had to comment on it.
    I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day.

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    • Sincerely appreciated, thank you! I’m very much enjoying your very creative writing. Thanks, have an amazing day!

      • Thank you! I appreciate your thoughtful response.

        Such an awesome way of replying someone. Thanks. Again
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      • My sincere pleasure. Thank you for your kind words! I would be glad to post my views, thanks.

      • Thanks for the compliment.

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  5. Lona Gynt says:

    I loved your existential werewolf, and your existential pirate ghosts, Lance. We become the shades and tormented here. Poignant verve.

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