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‘The Cyan Flag’

April 16, 2011

The year was sixteen-seventy,
___the season early spring;
our sail was set towards the West,
___for gold and God and King.

One evening as the sun went down
___and set the sea aflame,
“A sail, a sail! Ahoy, a sail!”
___I heard the watch exclaim;
and soon, beneath a cyan flag,
___the anti-pirates came.

They hove along our starboard side,
___and begged that we would board;
and when we would not kill them, then
___they offered up their hoard.

Despite our prayers they would not spare
___the gold and precious stones –
they loaded down our ship with loot,
___and then they sank their own.

Alas! We could not save them all –
___the seas were running high,
and though we offered ropes and boats
___they seemed content to die.

What could we do but leave them there?
___Where could we go, but on?
And so we set our course again,
___towards the setting sun.

That was my very first command,
___a lifetime past – and yet,
I see their faces in my dreams,
___and cannot quite forget

the vehemence with which they made
___their own good ship a wreck;
the trembling hand that gave us gold;
___the eager-proffered neck –

What drove them with such frenzy on?
___Why wished they so to die?
Where went the few we saved and freed?
___The sea may know; not I.

And still, sometimes, on midnight seas
___I scan the darkling view,
and far ahead it seems I spy
___the flag of cyan blue.


I failed yesterday and forgot to post a poem. I am going to attempt to manage two today, but there are no guarantees.

Cyan is a light, bright blue, diametrically across the colour wheel from red.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kay Salady permalink
    April 21, 2011 9:13 am

    Absolutely fantastic! I thought of my my childhood and reading Treasure Island. Thank you so much!

  2. April 22, 2011 1:53 am

    a gem piece for childhood.

  3. April 24, 2011 2:18 am

    Happy Easter..

    keep your talent coming..

  4. Mitu permalink
    April 25, 2011 9:47 pm

    brilliant poem……….loved every line and every word brought on a vision…….awesomeness!!!

  5. April 28, 2011 7:35 pm

    freakin. A.

    for there is nothing else to say.

  6. April 29, 2011 1:32 am

    I would love to see this illustrated. Very imaginative.


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