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Chapter 53: The Gam

Whaling ships are having a good time,
Roaming on the open sea!
Pirate ships are villainous rascals,
Locked in their castles
With no "good day" to me.

Merchant ships are spurious dandies,
Brushing off their brethren without a heed.
Slaving ships are running from something,
And ceremony mars
The meeting Men of War.

On the open sea,
Lend the courtesy
As the whalers do with every passing of keels.
Oh, let's have a gam;
I'll extend my hand
To all sailors who share the jaunty rhythms of the sea.

Passing correspondence between us,
Pluck upon my tethers to home,
Tell us where the whales run the thickest,
Wherefore the riches
Surface from the foam.

On the open sea,
Lend the courtesy
As the whalers do with every passing of keels.
Oh, let's have a gam;
I'll extend my hand
To all sailors who share the jaunty rhythms of the sea.

Whaling ships are having a good time
Roaming on the open sea!
Join us for a bit of a ramble,
And let the ocean handle
The grave philosophies.

On the open sea,
Lend the courtesy
As the whalers do with every passing of keels.
Oh, let's have a gam;
I'll extend my hand
To all sailors who share the jaunty rhythms of the sea.

(c) and (p) 2008 Patrick Shea

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from The Best of Call Me Ishmael, released March 7, 2012

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Patrick Shea Brooklyn, New York

Patrick is a nerd, a book lover, a math afficianado, an Ishmael, and an Ahab. He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. He grew up in Portland, OR; and has also lived in Grinnell, IA (for college); and Austin, TX.

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