A Pirate Poem

How I Could Be a Pirate Despite Limited Vision


Prone to motion sickness on the high seas,

during battle, I can vomit

in the general direction of the opposing ship.


Able to see numbers on corners of bills,

when treasure falls into our hands,

I can count how much there is,

keep records in Braille,


entertain others with guitar and voice,

play a last request for those walking the plank.

If our ship goes down like the Titanic,

I’ll sing “Nearer My God to Thee.”


The above poem was inspired by this prompt. Click this link to hear me read the poem.

Now it’s your turn. Write a poem or essay, telling a pirate ship captain how you could be an asset to his crew. When I first read the prompt, I considered writing my poem in the form of a resume but realized that pirate captains don’t follow normal hiring procedures. They don’t reject prospective employees in the usual way, either. If I applied for a job with a gang of pirates, using the above poem as a resume, I would be the one walking the plank.


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