Academic journal article Social Alternatives

A Fo'c'sle Tale

Academic journal article Social Alternatives

A Fo'c'sle Tale

Article excerpt

Do you get the drift? - that I set sail when the sea

was only three years old. Spool music, that juke box

makes me mad. I won't have

both mothers gone. When I need to weep

I'll let you know. Was it you

who scamped my bed? If you want love

like the James Gang gave I can give it now (comes

at a price). You can take me for a loyal, two parts

king, one queen. Weighed

& found wanting, I'm dressed in neuter. A onetime

only jelly-belly shaker did I win

or lose? If it wasn't for Molly Polly

would shut the jive on Cuss Row. It's there

that I told that Persian a thing or two. His

was an all-day habit impossible

to tolerate - past jolly, almost holy. One

of those high talls you meet in markets, he was sure

he'd bade me a goodnight once. Not so, 'twas

something he'd read in the literature of insolence. …

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