Poetic Duet With Hastywords – Poem / Poetry – “Seafaring Scallywags”

Hello everyone.

Hastywords and I have teamed up to give you another slice of poetry, this time inspired by the daily NaPoWriMo prompt of a Sea Shanty.

We have come up with plenty of great nautical/pirate lingo (Hastywords has done an amazing job). I’m very excited and proud to present this to you all, you are going to love it if you are a fan of Pirates of The Caribbean!

So grab your bottle of rum and let’s get cracking – Yo Ho me hearties!

Seafaring Scallywags
Seafaring Scallywags (by TooFullToWrite & Hastywords)

(First Mate)

Shiver me timbers lads, I’m really taken aback

The captain’s a female one and a good ‘un at that!

With treasure our pleasure, we all get underway

A shot of dutch courage to cast the demons away

(Scallywags)

Row, row, row, don’t ye dare go slow

The wrath ye feel from me whip

Ain’t nothing compared to the plank, Dirty Dog!

(Cap’n)

Like vicious sea dogs looking for grub, predators of the sea

Blue water our home, a dark and stormy wench she can be

But cross me, me hearties, and a wench is what I will be

Instead of rum, bilgewater will be the only drink you see

(Scallywags)

Go Go Go, Row, Row, Row

Ye dare go slow, your reward will be hell!

Beaten and flogged by a cat o’nine tails!

(First Mate)

If you know the ropes then we can make both ends meet

You would do well not to cross her or me, the first mate

Ignore seductive songs from mermaid sirens of the deep

Or ’tis Davy Jones’ locker you will be forced to seek!

(Scallywags)

Show a leg, no more time to take a caulk

Row, Row, Row, ye stinkin picaroons

Landlubbers the lot a ya, move it or the black spot for ya

(Cap’n)

Aye Matey, I may look like a Corsair all tender and fair

But Jack Ketch holds me in his arms at night, sending me dreams

Begging me to find him another dance, another neck to bind

Do not tempt your fate me swabs, or Ye will end up a Jolly Roger

(Scallywags)

Hard-a-port, hard-a-starboard, all hands on deck

Keep her steady, row faster, don’t hang the jib

Keep sculling, harder, nearly there, I said row, you monkeys!

(First Mate)

If I see you shirking duties, you will be flotsam and jetsam

So show us your true colors and it will all be plain sailing

Time and tide, they waiteth not for this eager woman

She’s got a score to settle, prepare for battle, no questions!

(Scallywags)

Go Go Go, Yo Ho Ho

When ye old salt hollers “Sail Ho, Sail Ho”

Run a shot across the bow and let’s pillage the booty

(Cap’n)

Nelson’s folly for the lot a ya, if the loot be gold

I can nearly smell the hogshead casked upon thee

We make up the scourge of the seven seas

Dead men tell no tales so pillage then keelhaul them all!

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16 thoughts on “Poetic Duet With Hastywords – Poem / Poetry – “Seafaring Scallywags”

      • Hi there Julianne – yes, you are right, it will be tons of fun!

        I will see what the NaPoWriMo prompt is tomorrow and we could use that as a starting point. If you have a preferred prompt or agenda you would like to use, I’m more than happy to run with it, since the prompts are not mandatory but mainly for inspiration. I tend to write quite long poems where I (or my writing partner) submit four lines and we keep going for a few verses until it seems complete, then we decide on any additional bells/whistles and a title together. I saw what you did with Joe, so if you want to go down that route and do alternate lines instead (rather than blocks of four), that’s also great and be my guest, I want to be flexible to the strengths/style of my writing partner. I think you will find that my style can be very adaptable – playful or serious depending on the nature of the work. I’ll send you an e-mail around midday tomorrow – really looking forward to it!

    • It really was. Right now, no hint of a lie, I think it’s the best thing we’ve both ever written, couldn’t wait to get it out there. As Johnny Depp once said “Hello? Pirate!” Pirates rock, especially female ones 🙂

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