Surrender’s prissy white flag
doesn’t fly on my mast, nor is it
mentioned, even conjecturally.
Sharp swords sheath in stone.
Tongue’s metallic flesh
dripping red, rest at battles lull.
Retreating? Ha. Its strategy,
red colors still fly above head,
bright and proud, even in a dinghy named Desire.
I’ll be back for my ship,
no magistrate will have me half it;
mutineers never prosper properly.
Love! You know not the meaning,
or the blisters of toil,
nor bruises on brains from beatings unbearable.
I’m going to be somebody.
I sent you red roses,
you send me packing, heart pricked,
with a red flag flapping in foul wet wind.
It is a dreary night, deported off my own plank,
but the sun will whistle on the morning
when my ship is mine again.
ha, you’re stowage I could take or leave,
but you can sail with me still as mate.
But you didn’t have to toss my roses out to sea.
I see them floating,
red on blackened swells, mocking and laughing
I’ll tattoo your name on my liver tonight, ha,
but I’ll be back,
and we’ll sail again, you’ll see, you’ll see, indeed.