In a Wood by the River’s Edge

In a wood by the river’s edge,
flat and very full of trees,
with banners flying
and no misgivings,

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brothers Thomas and John
and gallant Aesop,
at song, in praise—
“Good pillage!”

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Their fleet— their raft,
a sail of a biscuit sack.
An afternoon, idle
near the water’s side.

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Because all that way
is full of woods
and therefore very
fresh and cool.

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Source text for all words used in creating this poem: Drake’s Raids on the Treasure Trains: Sir Francis Drake’s Raid on the Treasure Trains: Being the Memorable Relations of his Voyage to the West Indies in 1572. Edited by Janet & John Hampden 1953. Published by The Folio Society.

Published April 2021, SpillWords Press.

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