Ocean waves drown the small sailboat.
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As clouds separate, the fishing captain
Pulls the nets with gaining might,
And excitement, in seeing his daily catch,
Eyes open widely this time.
It was full.
Almost too damn full
To be lifted onto this sailboat,
“Don’t argue or waste time”
“Just listen to the captain!”
He knows how to handle the catch,
And the level of his boat’s might.
“If we all work together we might
Return to town with these nets full,
And sell this great catch,
Or get drunk and sink the sailboat,
Or murder the captain,
And profit this time.”
“All that we have is time.”
The world that we know might
End tomorrow for this captain.
Dying with pockets full
Of memories to adventures on a sailboat,
And this catch,
It truly is a fabulous catch.
The best of all time
Ever seen by crew of this sailboat,
Although it might
Not be the best ever known full
Net’s worth of fish to another captain.
A larger boat’s captain
Could say it’s a “snack of a catch,”
Except “…our nets are full
And his are not this time.”
The greatest might
Ever seen by this sailboat.
“So…kill the captain quickly, we haven’t the time
To catch the attention of police who might
Strap us full of shackles and destroy our great sailboat.”
Adam J. Dutcher