Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Shanty

A pair of loose lips
may sink a ship,
but, oh, what happy sailors!
Before you navigate the boat,
you gotta navigate my trailer.
Don't bother dropping anchor;
I'm just a port you're passing through.
And, if you wake my Ma,
you'll get a good, stern talking to.

I'm always at the rail
when a ship comes sailing in.
A link to shore and what's in store
for our fine seafaring men.
I've never felt the pitch and roll
of a deck on a stormy sea.
But, I'm salty to my marrow
so the seamen come to me.

A Sunday Whirl shanty for Open Link Night at dVerse

40 comments:

darkangelwrites said...

Salty to the marrow, like that! Reminds me of "Brandy your a fine girl".

Brian Miller said...

he he he...ahem...smiles...some like it salty...really nice...and lyrical...lol

Susan Daniels said...

This is salty--the yummy kind. Enjoyed reading it!

ayala said...

:) this good and salty ;)

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Wonderful poem, esp the pun at the end!

Claudia said...

oh la la....i hear her sing..smiles

Daydreamertoo said...

LOL... One word... incorrigible.
Some very happy sailors indeed MZ ;

Mary said...

Enjoyed the story here. Am sure there is one or more in each port....

hedgewitch said...

Loose lips, but tongue strongly in cheek, I feel--Amazing how a mug of grog can turn a sailor into a pirate. The eyepatch helps, too-that way you only see half.

Steve King said...

This is a fine sea shanty, MZ. It would be perfect with a fiddle and a squeezebox, but you've made it musical enough with just the words. Excellent job, as always!

mrs mediocrity said...

This made me smile from the first lines... great music in this one!

Carol Steel 5050 said...

You always do the unexpected and do it so well that I feel nothing but envy. Great write. You created a perfect blend of salty humor and jest.

Kavita said...

Aah.. the salty li'l thing! Irresistible as ever! :)
What a superb write (and ride), this one!! Totally enjoyed!

vivinfrance said...

Brilliant presentation of the wordle words. I love it!

Fireblossom said...

Salty seamen, huh? Don't forget the Listerine.

Susan said...

A consistent characterization--now I am left to wonder whether "a shanty" is also a structure?

Far Beyond The Ridge said...

Ya know? What can be better than smiling ear to ear all the way through?
And she sounded irish! I swear i could see her overfilling her white blouse, in a blue skirt full of stains and rips. One hand to a hip, a finger waggin, as the sailors tossed their hats and jumped ship.
Perfect, mz
Ya nailed it!
Rick

Sylvia K said...

Glad I got a break in my day so I didn't miss this one!! I dig those salty seamen!! Perfect indeed!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love it! It should be a song.

RMP said...

Lucky sailors!

A fun and entertaining read.

Heaven said...

He..he...they are the lucky ducks ~

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

Certainly a swagger in her step! K

marousia said...

Brilliant!!!!! Love this

Tumblewords: said...

What a fun read this is!

PattiKen said...

I love this, MZ. You are so clever.

jen revved said...

WTF is in the water? you, brian, me... wow. This is just wonderful! xxxj

Fred Rutherford said...

awesome lines, such a great tone hear, wonderful sense of wit MZ.

Kamana said...

i could almost sing along to this :)

kaykuala said...

But, I'm salty to my marrow
so the seamen come to me.

Must be something more than just being salty as a provocation to shore.Nice write MZ

Hank

happygirl said...

That last line. And this was the type of woman I asked my husband to avoid when he was active duty. Good one. :)

manicddaily said...

Ha! Very clever! The poem rolls as if on a bit of a sea wave, even if the speaker stays off decks. k.

JANU said...

The pun is just awesome as the rest of the poem.

Linc said...

This is great :) Deliciously naughty!

Louise said...

Loved it! Hehee... :)

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Funny and girls can sail over any wave!

SaraV said...

What a fun ride through the waves with you! Great rhyming and your ending is well rigged :-)

myheartslovesongs.com said...

Ha! LMAO!

Becky Sain said...

I was smiling as soon as I read the first lines!
Really nice... now I want to talk like a sailor.
:-)

brenda w said...

LoL I love the devil may care attitude beneath the words. This is awesome.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I like the lilt of this chanty! (That's the way it's spelled, isn't it? With a "c" rather than an "s"?)

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