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A Christmas Poem from the crew of Esconditas

MERRY CHRISTMAS



T'was the night before Christmas, I swung on the hook

With snowflakes a'landing, asleep with my book

When up on the deck I heard footsteps and stuff

"I've been boarded!" I thought, and I tried to be tough



Then down the companionway hatch came a dude

He was dressed like a nut and I thought, "I'm so screwed"

But he laughed and he hummed as he surveyed my junk

So I figured he must be the resident drunk



His eyes were lit up like a junkie on speed

But he gave me a whole bunch of stuff that I need

Like rum and cigars and new charts and a dinghy

And some kind of fancy electrical thingy



I knew it was stolen but I wasn't telling

I just hoped he was giving and wasn't just selling

And I poured him a grog which he downed with a wink

Then I poured one for me (Lord I needed a drink!)



Then he staggered above to the dark snowy night

As I peeked I beheld an incredible sight

Eight tiny dolphins and a beautiful sleigh

And the dude hopped aboard and prepared to make way



The dolphins were ready to power the sled

But the guy raised a genny and mains'l instead

With a burp and a chuckle he gathered the breeze

And called to the dolphins, now swimming with ease



"Hey Stalker and FEMA and Cancer and Nixon!

Or Stinky and Pepper Spray, Mason, and Dixon!

Or whatever your names are, you cute little fishes,

Here's to every last sailor, my best Christmas wishes!"



As he sailed away leaving a wobbly wake

I hoped he had not many stops left to make

He got close to shore and he soon was aground

But the dolphins proceeded to pull him around



And I heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight

Happy Christmas to all... and to all a goodnight"

And from Esconditas; Merry Christmas!

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I am the author of that Christmas poem for sailors. I wrote it maybe 2002 or so and sent it to an old sailing forum. Glad to see folks still enjoy it. If you pass it along, I would appreciate a mention.
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