|Ahab's Whale (standard:poetry, 524 words)|
|Author: Tom Soukup||Added: Jun 21 2003||Views/Reads: 2768/1668||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Basically, this is a rhyming Cliff's Notes of Moby Dick. It's actually the lyrics to a song I wrote but I thought it made good reading too.|
Ahab's Whale . "Don't sail to the edge of the open sea 'Cause you're likely to fall off." But I was young and bold as brass So on me such words were lost. The whalin' life is a magic wand With the pull of its magic worth. The frigate lies 'neath an azure sky 'Twas the Pequod at its berth. . "This vessel's cursed," said the seaman's words As the spit ran down his face. Long shadows fell across his path When he turned and walked away. While high above up on the bridge Stood a man with an oaken leg And troubled eyes sunk beneath the ridge Of the brow on Ahab's face. . We soon set out across the waves On the winds of the seventh sea. Our harpoons lay in idle hands As the pods of whales swam free. 'Cause Ahab had a silent goal And it ne'er was greed or fame. He was bound, they said, to avenge his leg With the great white whale to blame. . So whaling still runs in my veins When the wind doth blow a gale And I'm on the quest 'til I've won a rest And I've found old Ahab's whale. . Old Queequag spoke his heathen chants As he tossed the bones once more. He saw the gloom as he read the doom In the patterns on the floor. Click here to read the rest of this story (91 more lines)
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