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fire in the galley

(adapted with addition from a trad. sea shanty)

Fire in the galley,
Fire down below.
And it's cut it out from the skin again
There's a fire down below.

Fire in the forepeak,
Fire in the chain.
And it's cut it out from the skin again
There's a fire down below.

Scentless.
Drop.
Fire!

Temptress.
Plot.
Fire!

Fire in the windlass,
Fire in the chain.
Cut me out from my skin again
And put me below.

Fire up aloft,
And fire down below.
And it's cut me out mythe skin again
There's a fire down below.

Lost to the night
Her back tooth smile
Is a glistening bloom.

All soured and haunting,
She is the flower, the scalpel,
The bullet.

Fire in the pig-stye,
Fire in the pig.
Cut a smile from it's skin again
There's a fire down below.

Fire on the lifeboat,
And there's fire on the land.
Tears soot black whilst the trial skin cracks
To the fire down below.






 

© 2010 andrew plummer
 
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