Raidho by Jeanne Merer

 

 

round
by Christopher Mulrooney


the belle of the ball
sat down to think a few things
and humming dreamed
oh dum-dee-dumb
and suck my thumb
miraculously athwart my idea of amidships

the midshipman with the epaulettes
geared up along the quarterdeck
to greet the salt spray
let a hornpipe pass amongst his legs
for a flicker of an instant's
coming and going
and smartly saluted the captain at the sounding of the bells