Day Two – Pirate Day

Today’s National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) challenge is to write a sea shanty.  These are poems in the forms of songs, strongly rhymed and rhythmic, that sailors might sing while hauling on ropes and performing other sea-going labors.   So with a little plagiarism here is mine:

Pirate Day

Wanderin’ away on this ship on the Bay
Way, hey blow the man down
What’s left to do at the end of the day?
Give me some time to blow the man down

These sails need a raisin’, the sheets need a trim
Way, hey blow the man down
And soon we’ll be partying into the wind
Give me some time to blow the man down

The music starts playing, the gents start to stir
Way, hey blow the man down
Way out here at sea I can pull off this fur
Give me some time to blow the man down

Dancin’ and singin’ a song from a play
Way, hey blow the man down
That we have rehearsed every step from Broadway
Give me some time to blow the man down

With boas of feathers and bright colored caps
Way, hey blow the man down
I am the prettiest one of these chaps
Give me some time to blow the man down

My best buddy, Steven, who’s really a bear
Way, hey blow the man down
Is off making time with the guy with the hair
Give me some time to blow the man down

None of the others have style or my grace
Way, hey blow the man down
So I’m the most popular guy in the place
Give me some time to blow the man down

The sea starts a rollin’, the wind takes a turn
Way, hey blow the man down
We pull in the helm, point to dock with the stern
Give me some time to blow the man down

The music is silenced, the feathers away
Way, hey blow the man down
To save for another gay pirate day
Give me some time to blow the man down

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