When pirates sailed the
They plundered ships for pleasure,
They were burly, brawny,
Who loved ill-gotten treasure.
Tales are told how they
killed for gold,
Though anything could be their prize,
Coins or silks or
gems or guns,
Whatever caught their eye.
One day after a successful
Some greedy pirates checked their take,
They found a necklace of
Much finer than a clam could make.
It must have come from
Most likely strung with mermaid's hair,
seashell for a clasp,
No richer strand found anywhere
The captain stared with his
one good eye,
(The one without the patch),
He cried, "Ho Ho, Mateys!
Look at this!"
He smacked his lips and laughed.
He held the gorgeous string
High in the air above his head,
Then, "BANG," there came a
And the pirate captain fell down dead.
In the melee that
The pearl necklace disappeared,
No one knew where it had gone,
And it was lost for many years.
It finally came to light one
In a tavern on the coast of Wales,
A seaman gave it to a
For kisses and for pints of ale.
The barmaid took the
A pretty bauble, she thought she got,
She hung it o'er her
Better than any toy she'd bought.
With no idea of their
The pearls were treated as a toy,
The woman, indeed, was very
They gave her baby so much joy.
Then winter came, the tavern
And the barmaid lost her job,
Her livelihood now gone, it
"Oh, woe is me," she sobbed.
When her landlord came to
get the rent,
She confessed she could not pay,
She pleaded, "Sir, just one
Please, sir, just let us stay."
He smiled and rubbed his
When he saw her lustrous gems,
Well worth the paltry one
He gave to her for them.
He polished the pearls until
And placed them in a velvet case,
He sold them then for coins
With a greedy grin upon his face.
The buyer was a
Of fine jewelry round the world,
He was delighted with his
And left at once with the treasured pearls
While in Algiers, he met a
Who wore seven veils and danced,
She seduced him for the
As she promised him romance.
Each night the lady danced and swayed,
The pearls were twined about her hair,
Then one night in a rhythmic
She flung the whole strand through the air.
The room so dark no one was
Of the pearls' path or trail,
The patrons too engrossed, of course,
As the dancer dropped her veils.
But a quick-eyed Irish
With a quicker moving hand,
Caught and stuffed them in his
Before any search began.
Perhaps, the pearls would be
To the new Land of the Free,
An American ship was in the
He boarded her surreptitiously.
The third night he came out on deck
The vessel now on the open sea,
He bargained with its Captain
And gave up the pearls happily.
The Captain was a generous
And he was pleased with his new treasure,
For he knew that such a special
Would give his lovely lady pleasure.
When his ship reached port,
he hurried home,
And hung the necklace round her neck,
She kissed him, and
she touched the pearls
They were so lovely that she wept.
For many years she wore the
With a pride she could not hide,
The soft glow of every
Also made her glow inside.
One day the Captain was
To a brand new, modern ship,
They said it was unsinkable,
engineered and well equipped.
So rich and elegant the
Its fittings, plush and fine,
He asked his wife to come
And no way could she decline.
She packed her very best
And every lovely jewel,
She wished to make her Captain
And for him she would be beautiful.
Of course, she'd wear her pearl
Which would flatter every gown she wore,
The most handsome piece
Of any worn on board.
On the last evening of their
A vicious storm arose at sea,
A tremendous iceberg struck their
Slashing it unmercifully.
The unsinkable ship went
And lost were many lives,
But the Captain and his
Somehow managed to survive.
They clung together on
While they watched and held their breath,
The pearl necklace, now
Had begun its dance of death.
To and fro and back and
Playing hide and seek amongst the waves,
Lost for moments in the
Then reappearing, as if saved.
King Neptune then claimed ownership,
Of the pearls stolen from his crown,
With one mighty swoosh, they all broke loose
And ... one by one ... each pearl went down!
Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
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