a crew of pirates came on board
and bailed her out
so she did not sink.
They looted what there was to loot
and plundered on their way.
Anchored to the bottom
on a creaking chain
that wraps around the rocks,
she’s going under one day when.
Her paintwork’s peeled,
the motor’s permanently stalled
and half the crew’s gone overboard.
The holes are just above the water-line.
© Richard Devereux
Richard Devereux is a member of Lansdown Poets and Bristol Stanza. His collection Bill tells the story of his grandfather, a soldier of World War One who fought on the Balkan front in northern Greece. Richard taught English in Athens and his knowledge of Greece inspires and informs much of his writing. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and on-line magazines.