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Ossabaw's Pirates
by Susan K. de Vegter

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
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Dedicated to all Ye Pirates and Depp fans out there!

The ghost ship glides through the marshes as the light from a distant lantern waves back and forth on her stern. It's the eerie glow that sets your eyes as the first mist precedes the fog when the Ghost Ship glides across Ossabaw to the inlet. The small lights seem like tiny fireflies as the muffled voices of men are heard scurrying to hoist her sails. There is no one. Just this great mast from a tall ship stroking the fog and hinting at the ship's torn canvases, her creaking boards and the damp smell of musk. It permeates the mist and surrounds the marshes with her wondrous mystery. It is the voyage of long ago. Perhaps it could be Blackbeard on his way to bury his fortune on St. Catherine’s Island or perhaps Jean Lafitte as he made his way hiding among the barrier islands along the southeastern coast.

The Ghost Ship still guards the haven where the bones of those slain rest from long ago.





The Ghost Ship of Ossabaw Sound


There in the mist of Ossabaw the mystery still abounds
Right here in the view of Warsaw...deep in this green tea sound
Just here in these deep waters where shrouds of grays roll in
Where endless creeks and channels wreath with north eastern winds
There lies a pea green inlet where giant oaks weep down
Their silent gray Spanish moss moans to this mystic sound
It comes up on you quickly and shrouds you most complete
It woos your gut instincts and settles round your feet
It is a complete mystery for here the spirits fly
You sense intrusion coming near the masses by and by
Out in the mist where vapors rise and chills come with each breath
She comes out of nowhere...her mast and this great ship
She moves without a whisper and glides on blades of grass
Then enters from the marshes then gently she rolls past
She looms just like her mystery, her masts of oak turned bold
She comes upon a whisper and turns the calm to cold
She looms out of nowhere but from the ages gone
There's no company of strangers or sailors with her bones
She skips the waters freely then steely she glides on
She's manned by ghosts of yesterday this pirate with her bones
Some call her the Ghost Ship...her scars, to this, attest
To battles won in victory upon her canvassed chest
Where did she hail and why has she determined this her home?
Tis a haven for her kin...her pirates and their bones
She is but a sentry left here to guard the stakes
Waiting for her captain and bides till he awakes
She comes in with the fog of dawn then she dissipates
She is loyal to her kin, their honor and their Fate
Ossabaw is gifted for the spirit here
This mystery is a blessing for all who wonder near
It speaks for faith in honor...her lessons give us pride
This Ghost so grand with her charm still sleeps with every tide
Then when's the need to check her lot, she looms through misted veils
Then comes again aloof and proud to hoist anew her sails.

© 2006 Susan K. de Vegter

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/21/2006
A hangover in the misty dawn will do that to ya. On the other hand, if many died in a mysterious place, people sense their spirits will reappear in the mist.

Ron
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/21/2006
Great other worldly tale. The misty atmospheric descriptions work well...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/21/2006
Love ghost ship stories, and Captain Johnny Depp, and this is a goody. Love that picture, too.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 6/20/2006
I could hear Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald while reading this. Reminds me of my poem posted in my den, Starve the Ravens. Believe it or not, there are modern-day pirates out on the high seas wreaking havoc and mayhem! Cruise ships are not safe!

Sage
Reviewed by jude forese 6/20/2006
masterfully written ... extremely entertaining ...
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/20/2006
Fantastic! Haven't seen the sequel but intend to. Grand write!

Lin
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 6/20/2006
a rich cargo of ghostly verse, Susan. Your poetry always packs in so much, and like a good plate of porridge, it sticks to the ribs of every sailor in the skeleton crew of the Good Ship Poetry! Keep on sailing the high seas in search of poetic plunder, my good woman!

k
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 6/20/2006
This was a great experience, way more than just a written word read, brilliant done!
B&R
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 6/20/2006
Susan,you captured me aboard this ship, lured to the low country...live oak in scary darkness,salty mist and brackish water smells...the ever haunting mystery of the ghost ship. Fabulous and captivating story perfectly penne...reads like a dream. The Johnny Depp idea isn't too bad either! Just pluperfect!
Love, Taylor ~
Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/20/2006
"There lies a pea green inlet where giant oaks weep down"
I could smell this place!

This construct is filled with lush imagery and a spirit that moves one into the realm of swashbuckling adventure.

Eeeyarrr Matey!

Richard
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/20/2006
Shiver me timbers, Susan, ye've penned a treasure of a write! Stunning imagery makes the story come alive...well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/20/2006
Susan, the imagery was extremly powerful and deeply well pened..Thanks for another masterpiece..

Xxx dove
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/20/2006
My goodness! Very well done, Susan! I really liked this tale! Thanks!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/20/2006
Aye, m'lady, right ye are, bout this ghost ship haintin' the Ossabaw carryin booty and pirates bold from the waterery grave where then then did sink, or hung motionless at the end 'o a twisted piece of hemp rope, one and all m'lady doomed to sail this ghostly ship forever a-lookin' far and wide a place to call her own.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/20/2006
Now you knew I was going to love this one didn't you? It captures my mind, my soul and myseafaring spirit and leaves me longing to ride the waves again in reality or in dreams of youth as a pirate of old.
Thank you for shareing such a great tale my litte wench Susan, I love it.

Haaarrrrr,
Captain Greybeard (Fee)
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/20/2006
Susan
A sparkling Marie Celeste type tale, with a strong moral undercurrent...
Loyalty and faithfulness to the cause is always rewarded in full !
Tremendous atmospheric pen !
Peter
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/20/2006
All old salts love this beautiful mystery write of the ship that appears and disappears.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/20/2006
A truly AMAZING write! I enjoyed this!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
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