You May Go

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A poem with riddles inside. Why? Search me, LOL.

Submitted: December 29, 2016

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Submitted: December 29, 2016



The storm had raged for many an hour

When the Clipper-ship came into view;

‘Twas the Master, come to save them all,

A dependable soul, tried and true.


The Master gathered his children,

His wife, his gold, and his servants too;

Then he took them aboard his Clipper-Ship

And sailed for the horizon's blue.


"Look lively mates, its a Devil-storm,

Women and children should go below,

Only my seamen shall know this deck

'cause the Devil-wind, she's Gonna blow."


Then Captain took the Helmsman's place

As the Helmsman was washed from the wheel.

The sails were tattered, the rudder split,

And leakage was noted along the Keel.


The first Mate knelt and began to pray

And the Captain bowed his head

As the ship was hit by the perfect wave;

It split the mast, putting hope to bed.


"Oh Woe Is Me," said the Captain, aloud,

"Take me I beg and spare the rest!"

So the Angel of Death granted his wish

If he could pass a simple test.


"A riddle for you," said the Angel of Death,

"If you solve it, --- they will Not go down.

Now tell me true the answer to this

In what sea do men sink, but do not drown?"


"In the Sea-of-humanity," the Captain answered,

"Now release them and send them away."

"You spoke too fast," said the angry Angel,

"You must answer another today."


"If I answer another will you spare me too?"

The Captain asked of his own free will.

"If you can answer the next, I’ll do just that,

But the chances of that are nil."


Then the Angel asked in a booming voice,

"Answer me this and do not lie.

Name the fish that live out of water

And when might you see them cry?"


The Captain thought for a long, long, while

Then said to the Angle, "This answer I'll share,

They are known as Christians and a fish is their sign,

And you might see them crying at prayer."




Suddenly there was light all around,

The rain stopped and the wind fell low;

And the Angel of Death stated aloud,

"Cleaver answers for a Christian to know;

The riddle is solved, --- You May Go."



D. Thurmond / JEF  --- 12-28-2016


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