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The Tale Of The Bonnie Rose -Fee's Challenge
by Sherry Gail Heim
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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I wrote this for Felix Perry's Halloween Challenge. He loves the sea and sailing, so Fee, this one's for you!


The Tale Of The Bonnie Rose

(Fee's Halloween Challenge)


After three hundred years lost at sea

The Bonnie Rose, she ran aground

Been caught in a storm on Halloween

Not ship nor crew ever found


Though her sails were slightly yellowed

And her wood had lost its sheen

She seemed no worse for all the years

Though in the drink she'd surely been


Moving closer I heard a groan

From within her weathered hull

Then from her deck, some shrieking cries

From the skeleton of a gull


The crew was still upon her deck

Their clothes faded, tattered and torn

Swabbing her down and wiping her rails

And replacing ropes that were worn


Way atop of the tallest mast

In a Crow's Nest, on the high

Still perched a sailor, at his post

Telescope perusing the sky


Toward the aft the Captain stood

A patch slung across one eye

His right hand molded to the helm

In his left a bottle of Rye


Beneath the deck a creaky door

Exposed the galley down below

Upon the table a jack-o-lantern

Still held a candle's glow


Wisping through the musty air

Sailed the ghost of Halloween

Each year he came onto the ship

By one mortal to be seen


He ordered me to convey the tale

Of the fate of the Bonnie Rose

And how the ghost of Halloween

Held that ship at his dispose


I wandered through each inch of her

Through every hall and every room

The entire crew was still aboard

This had become their living tomb


They were committed to a watery grave

Held deep within the sea

Each Halloween she'd run ashore

And will for eternity.


A sailor told me I must go

Or join the fate of the crew and ship

So I quickly stepped onto the shore

As Bonnie Rose began to tip


A Shipsman rang out twelve long bells

A mournful chorus I did hear

The Bonnie Rose just slipped away

Swallowed up for another year





Sherry Heim

October 29, 2008

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2008








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Reviewed by Barbara Terry 7/6/2009
Yes excellent, and very well written. This could actually be a novel sis. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and who love you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/17/2008
Excellent story poem. Gripped me from beginning to end.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/8/2008
A fine tale, Sherry. You have most effectively responded to the challenge. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 11/1/2008
WOW! This is EXCELLENT Ship tale Sherry!
I love your story-line and the life you brought it!
I love the imagery you brought to life!
Into my libray for a later reading also!
The Hull,helm,the yellowed sails/etc.
Amazing writing!
Warmest Blessings and WARM Hugs, Warrior Purple Lady SHEExooo

STay Positive!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/31/2008
A fine mighty tale ye tell. If I should go down to the sea on Halloween, I will keep a sharp eye out for the Bonnie Rose in the fog that rises in the light of the full moon.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/31/2008
Outstanding sherry!You are such a fine poet,we are lucky to have you here for a change! wish you could be here more often!

Happy Halloween!;-)
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 10/31/2008
Hi Sherry:

This is a wonderful tale!!! Very interesting!!!
Happy Halloween to you too!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by jude forese 10/30/2008
excellent response to Felix's Halloween challenge ...
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 10/30/2008
This is really well-written! Enjoyed.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/30/2008
This so appeals to the Kiera Kate Knightly in me, Sherry!... Or rather, Kiera Kate as parlaying with that infamous Captain Jack. One such night at sea would, I think, be enough for me and, as those bells begin their toll, think I'd scramble ashore quicker than you can say "landlubber"! Eerie enough to be spooky... yet soft enough to wallow in. A great pumpkin write to savour! TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/30/2008
Great write, Sherry; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 10/30/2008
When reading this it was sitting with you in the park and laughing, laughing with delight and joy. You have held us so tightly inīthe inner depths of your creative soul. Thanks and please keep these sweet stories coming. Donīt wait till Bonnie Rose resurfaces next year.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 10/30/2008
Halloween, ghosts and lost ships at sea. It's always a combination to capture the imagination. Great write.
God Bless,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/30/2008
I am have captured and tamed two of my favorite things and melted them together to make a story poem that I am saving to recite to my grandchildren when they get a little older. These are the kind of stories that imaginations thrive on. Well done dear friend...I love it.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/30/2008
Absolutely mesemerizing, this tale of the Bonnie Rose - magically penned! You took me there, Sherry: well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/30/2008
Wonderful writing sweet the picture well and always safe...Hugs
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/30/2008
I love eerie old ship tales, and this is a great one, Sherry. Love that graphic, too!
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 10/30/2008
Great pen Sherry,
I enjoyed the visions you put to pen with pleasure.
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