Friday, November 18, 2016


Take a lower cabin with a porthole?
You'll half-suffocate in rough weather
When it is shut fast. Upper cabins
Have skuttles which can remain open
But, if there's a fight, the sailors
Will knock down your cabin
To make room for the cannon.
Really, this decision of yours
To go to
India via the year 1810
Increasingly seems ill-advised.

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