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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A P-P-Poem for T-T-Tuesday

Sailor Sam’s a nervous sort,
So when excitement thrums,
Can hardly stammer out a word,
A stutter-er, becomes . . .

The ship was cruising east to west,
The sails were athwart,
When wide-eyed Sam approached the Cap,
With something to report.

“C…C…C…C…C…C...” he said.
The Captain signed ‘okay’.
“Th…Th…Th…” the sailor gasped.
He’d nothing else to say.

The Captain’d heard poor Sam before,
He knew what Sam should do.
“Just sing it, Seaman,” Captain said.
“You’ll find that you’ll get through.”

Sam went away and thought a bit,
Then came back to his chief.
And cleared his throat and tunefully
He started his debrief.

“Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind . . .
The bloomin’ cook fell overboard,
And is forty miles behind!”

16 comments:

  1. I can just see the Captain after that:
    'WHAT?!? DYAAAGGGHHH!!!'

    Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee...

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  2. I love that I never know what to expect from you.
    Thanks for the Tuesday morning belly laugh!

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    1. That makes me happy, Karen! I've never considered myself unpredictable before! :)

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    1. And now it's been stuck in my head for three days . . .

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  4. Poor cook, forty miles behind already!
    It's amazing how stutterers can sing so well, but ask them to tell you when the kettle has boiled and the water will be cold again before you get your cup of tea.
    My brother-in-law D was a stutterer, but spoke beautifully when he was drunk.

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    1. Hmmm . . . maybe the Captain should have handed Sam a beer . . .

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    1. How true. Does that count with people bobbing in the ocean?

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  6. By the time that ship comes about, the cook will be singing with the fishies I'm afraid ... but what a great piece of writing! I love this Diane!

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    1. I'm afraid you're right, Susan!
      And thank you!

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  7. Ttthhhaaaattt wwaasss amazing! You talent never ceases to amaze me!

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    1. And I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Rena!

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  8. Awesome poetry and truly a cute one!
    Hugs~

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