In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I humbly make my contribution:
All Hands on Deck
(and If You Ain’t Got Both of Yourn, Git Along Up There Anyhow!)
Methinks the parley perilous with pirates gaudy, garrulous,
spectacularly scare-ulous, with too much time to spare;
That’s when the day gets dicier, the swordplay sharply spicier,
and nastily not-nicier linguistics fill the air,
For pirates, though a jolly sort, think keelhauling the keenest sport,
‘n’ walkin’ the plank, starboard or port, a fine means to such ends;
So watch your tongue (and your nose ‘n’ ears) when a peg-legged, cutlassed cur appears
and he with his Hook-fist henchmen nears, for they are risk-fraught friends
Who’ll trim the hedges about your garden without so much as a beg-yer-pardon,
then trim you to size without regardin’ your nat’ral breadth or height;
So parley with care, and watch your purses, as well as the strength of your pirate curses,
or fall beyond reach of the leech‘s nurses ere day drops into night.
All this aside, and despite the urge a pirate may feel as a dramaturg,
he might invite you to join the surge toward a pleasanter thing to do:
Join with his crew, ye smirkin’ smarty, drink and be merry and join the party,
and dance and laugh like a loon most hearty, and talk like a pirate too!
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr matey! That be one fine piece of art work there. Now pass the grob and nobody gets hurt 😉
Buggers! I meant grog…this is what happens when ye types faster than ye thinks 😉
Haha! I figured it was Pirate-speak for food *and* drink: grog + grub = grob! 😉 Cheers!!
Going to have to remember that one 🙂
Loved both the poem and the art!
If I make a ‘wink’ emoticon here, does it stand in for both that expression *and* a one-eyed pirate?? 😉
Ahoy, Matey….ye have done a fine job on this there poem and ye art! I’m a little rusty on my speech, but maybe some drink would do ye (me) some good! Cheers! 😉
I hoist me tankard in yer general direction, Milady! 😉