The Dark Mistress

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
To properly understand this poem, one should first read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Quadroon Girl. It is easily found if you Google it.

Submitted: January 15, 2015

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Submitted: January 15, 2015

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In 1801,
On the 5th of May,
Of a dour morn
All foggy and grey,
I first espied
Vermillion Bay.

I'd travelled afar
  No thought of delay.
I'd come not to linger,
  Had no reason to stay,
But to meet a shipwright
  On his dying day.

By a stroke of luck,
  I am happy to say,
'Twas the best bargain
  Ever came my way.
He'd give me the ship;
  I'd not have to pay.

From the dread pallet
  Where he lay,
On the foggy morn
  Of his dying day,
He crooked his finger
  In a certain way.

"Before you die,"
  He went on to say,
"Many's the soul
  Who'll rue the day
They met a dark mistress
  From Vermillion Bay."

His family gathered
  And bore him away
To his place
  Beneath the clay
Near broad banks
  Where shore birds play.

Yes, I'm a Slaver,
  Say what you may,
But my heart
  You'll never sway.
I'll dicker with the Devil
  On Judgement Day.

Of a dour morn
  All foggy and grey,
I mustered a crew
  And sailed away
Aboard the Dark Mistress
  Of Vermillion Bay.

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