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September 10, 2021

Ships To The Far East

lifter of veils set to sail
across the gypsy ocean

aboard a ghostly freighter with a strange bewildering captain

dark, deep set eyes, dressed in black

captains hat pulled down low

speaks little and if any at all

in a non-decipherable low grumble

not at all like the jovial gray bearded ones you see in movies

foghorns sound, bells ring; a clang seemingly for every star in the sky

sounds of an ocarina eerily play - favorite instrument of old pirates

those with peg legs and a hook for a hand

sailing from the port of honolulu

from docks teeming with suspicious characters 

suspicious passengers too

some seeking a fortune to be made

some seek a voyage respite

others seek to slip away for nefarious reasons 

steel guitars and fragrant flowers

steel drums and fragrant hair

steel men and wooden ships

trade winds from distant islands

blow across the far reaching oceans

a thick fog envelopes the ship

as it rocks across the waves

the moon all but invisible 

the old ship groans and creaks as it sails

in seek of a distant port

Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai

a place of refuge in the mysterious shadowy orient