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Chapter 16: The Ship

Yojo sent me to find a ship!
Yojo sent me to find a ship!

Oh, Yojo, did you send me to the Pequod?
Oh, Yojo, did you send me to Ahab?

Nothing could seem more wise
Than the wrinkles 'round Pelig's eyes.

Oh, Pelig, won't you tell me what whaling is?
Oh, Pelig, it's a right ferocious accident!

To see the world from a whaler
Is just lookin' at water, sailor.

And he despises those merchant ships!
And he disguises old Ahab's tics.

We'll sign you on, young fellow,
But first give our other owner a hello.

How could a Quaker kill a whale?
Bildad? Captain Bildad, can't you say?
You read the scriptures every day!
How far ye got?

So sign on for a 300th lay my son (you're a lucky one!),
And bring your mysterious harpooner friend along (he's a-welcome on!).
The Pequod will be your final home.
The Pequod will take you to your home.

(c) and (p) 2008 Patrick Shea


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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