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By Elliot MacDonald
I hear that pitter, patter; rain splashing on the deck
Of the sailboat that I live on and I figure, “What the heck,
Not much else to do tonight, I’ll crawl into my bed.”
But then I feel that dreadful drip, drip dripping on my head.
Today I looked for deck leaks, and caulked up half the things
Held on with bolts and screws and stuff but deck leaks must have wings
‘Cause where they come in up on deck and where they come out below
Can be separated by many feet. How this is I just don’t know.
I tested with the garden hose I keep connected on the pier.
This process usually takes awhile, I pour myself a beer
And sit waiting in the summer sun for a couple hours or so.
My caulking’s been successful; not a drop drips down below.
But the weatherman’s predicting some clouds with rain tonight.
I climb into bed with confidence; I’ll stay dry ‘til morning light.
The cloudburst starts at ten o’clock and the one thing that I dread,
The rain has found my deck leak drip, drip, dripping on my head.
“It’s impossible,” I’m thinking, “I’ve caulked up every source.”
And then I think, “but maybe, well, rest assured, of course!
The way these deck leaks migrate, I’d bet the finest wine,
The drippings from the deck of the boat that’s next to mine.”
This morning, the solution – epiphany, final clue!
The cockpit’s filled with water; and not a drop gets through.
Cause a leaf has clogged the scupper. A single little leaf
Held back thirty gallons; amazing beyond belief.
So now I’ve given up on caulk ‘cause I’ve found something better.
And I stay nice and dry below even when the weather’s wetter.
I’ve placed a leaf and taped it down wherever leaks are bred
And now I’ve no more deck leaks drip, drip, dripping on my head.
Saltwater Suzi and Cap'n Larry
"A sailboat is a fickle mistress. You’ve got to buy her things. You’ve got to understand everything about her. What you don’t know she’ll use against you." -Captain Larry
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