Dive deep

without stopping to take a breath.

See the ships in the harbour.

Some are old,

barnacle encrusted.

Others are new,

 primed for battle,

high tech

the works.

It’s a collection, almost,

a collection of ships

but not the kind you stuff

in bottles.

That’s how Goodfather likes it

these treasures,

floating free.

There are other treasures too

but you have to look for them

pirate gold,

a figurehead,

shaped like a mermaid

(if you wink at her, she might wink back),

and also, brightly coloured fish,


oysters that make pearls,

when annoyed,

these things,

are treasures too.


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