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The Note
by Gene Williamson

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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We trail a gull’s tracks to the surf,
spot a small green bottle; she
removes the cork, pulls out a note
written in an alien hand.
Unable to read the note she starts
to throw it away. A voice says Stop.

I turn to face a bearded seaman,
an Asian mariner. He asks to see the note,
says it was written by Li Yin, a Chinese poet
in Singapore: Her lover was swept to sea
in a monsoon many years past.
In practiced Mandarin she summons the sea
to deliver the note to her lover,
prays he will return to her.
I reach for the note.
The old man folds it, slips
it into his hat band and walks into the sea.
Wait, I call.
I have a friend in Singapore.
The seaman disappears inside an incoming surge.
I study the green bottle and ask a hovering gull,
Think I should try a better brand of scotch?
The gull flies away with the bottle.

Months later I am skimming a shell out to sea.
The gull returns riding on a squawk,
drops the bottle at my feet.

Wrapped around the bottle a note from the
old mariner says, Honorable friend Flanagan
hopes you enjoy your Singapore Sling.


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Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 11/7/2010
What a colorful imagination you have. From one who admires you so. J'nia
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 11/3/2010
Ah, this is priceless!!
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/26/2010
What a captivating story that has that salty taste of a sea tale...brilliant, Gene

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/26/2010
Scotch or Scootch??? Another Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road to"-write... with Dorothy L'Amour in the middle of mayhem, pouting and puckering nicely!:))... Sling us another one, Flan....!! I do so love your "Around The World in 80 Days" offerings... half the speed of Noah! He might have had his raven and his dove, but did he have his trusty gull? Noooooooooo...... I always imagine him in a cruise-liner captain's cap for some reason... What did you say was in that drink?? :)) xx
Reviewed by jude forese 10/23/2010
great tale woven from an enlightened imagination ...
Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/22/2010
Very nice, such a pleasant piece of writing that makes me dream and smile.

Reviewed by Charles Neff 10/20/2010
Hi Gene,
I always wondered whether there was a Shaggy Bottle story to be told (or in this case, a Bearded one). Your clever tale answered my query. I almost didn't hear the answer through the laughter that engulfed me. Your sense of humor is full, intact and functioning. I'll bet John got his laughs, too!
All the best,
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 10/20/2010
now you know I was so engrossed in this love note concept Gene!
A tried & true romantic tale with your modern spin...
I was then wowified by the change of thought to drinking Scotch
who hasn't had a little different perception when drinking? ;)
and low and behold you make us all smile at John's message

Movin & Groovin Gene
Wine Bottles & Love Notes
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 10/20/2010
HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by George Carroll 10/20/2010
Great ending to an old seafaring tale that has had many twists through the years but none better than this.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/19/2010
Gene, I LOVE this! You have an incredible imagination and a gift for telling a story in poetic verse. And I was hoping that friend in Singapore would turn out to be our own Mr. Flanagan!
Reviewed by Ragno Donna 10/19/2010
This is very enchanting poetry.

Ragno Donna
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 10/19/2010
Wow Gene, what a fabulous tale indeed and just have to love those gulls...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/19/2010
Gene, remarkable! Since I am aware that you do not imbibe, you were sober when you penned this gem!? Bottles that bob and weave in the Jersey surf are not to be trusted as certified carriers of truth. Was the seaman, "Captain Morgan" of spiced rum fame? I know the gull that stole your bottle and then unceremoniously dropped it at your feet a month later. Heathcliff Gullible is his name! I think we should sample copious amounts of Singapore Slings and discuss the matter at length. We can invite the gentleman Flanagan to ensure anything with Singapore appearing in its name is legitimate. That's my interpretation and my invitation. And as they say," I'm stickin to it". This is a finely crafted hoot my dear friend. Send us another as soon as you can. Love and peace to you. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 10/19/2010
The gull took lessons from the old-day homing pigeons and Flanagan is a gentleman who doesn't take to smart-cracking like others for the sheer nonsense of the spotlight...Williamson, you've chosen well for well.

Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/19/2010
What can I say, Gene? Peter's right, I've taken a hearty Singapore shine to this and will many times again...of course I'm saving it, have to, not because it mentions me but because it's so bloody good, in fact it's brilliant.
Thank You.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/19/2010
Good for Flanagan, he survived the bottle spin. Nice work.
Reviewed by D Johnson 10/19/2010
somehow iknew flanagan would show up in this wonderful story...well done.

Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/19/2010
Cleverly done, Gene. Nice piece of work.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 10/19/2010
The gull returns riding on a squawk, drops a were short changed....there should be two!!!~ Morgan
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 10/19/2010
You can go online and order this stuff now Gene. I mean, this is quaint and romantic and all; but there are easier ways to obtain spirits. On a serious note, no pun intended, I love this!!! Dynamite creativity and sheer brilliance. I'm sure John will take a hearty, Singapore shine to this as well. Land of Raffles and equatorial heat.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 10/19/2010
Wow! The sheer imagination of this is just so rich!
A journey into the unexpected ~
Best Wishes,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/19/2010
Sweet tale cleverly concocted and shared via your verses, Gene. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/19/2010
Wonderfully conceived poetic tale.
A better brand of Scotch sounds good to me gene.
Sometimes I wonder if gulls aren't just your angels.
Peace to you ...

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