Glosa of The Minnow

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.
– theme song from Gilligan’s Island

Do not be lulled, oh weary friends
by the lapping of the waves
that gently rock our ship tonight
the sea’s a fickle place
right now the water’s oh so calm
as we watch yon breaching whale
enjoy this weather while you can
for storms can blow in quick
soon we could face a gale.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale

that’ll make your blood run cold
for your skill can only go so far
when Poseidon’s ire is stirred.
a calm day, not too long ago
a tour boat set sail
it was a sturdy little ship
that should have come home safe
but it was never seen again
and so to you I now let slip
a tale of a fateful trip

I warn you that you do not say
it won’t happen to us
for fate might play a trick on you
and send you to the depths
The sea’s a fickle place, my friend
and sometimes just for sport
Poseidon sinks a ship or two
as trophies for his keep
and there are journeys cut quite short
That started from this tropic port

Perhaps those sailors are alive
on some deserted isle
but probably they sleep below
and feed the ocean’s fish
for when Poseidon reaches out
and grasps you in his grip
he’s not likely to let you go
back to your land-side lives
So pray for safety on this trip
Aboard this tiny ship.


Sharing with dVerse Open Link Night.  On Monday at dVerse, Grace shared with us a poem by P.K.Page.  The poem was written in the glosa form.  I wanted to try my hand at this form.


20 thoughts on “Glosa of The Minnow

    • I was trying to think of the story of Gilligan’s Island, as seen from the point of view of somewhat superstitious sailor who had been “left behind” and had no clue as to the fate of Gilligan and the rest…

  1. You have outdone yourself with this glossa, Bryan. I am not brave enough to try one. I will be hoping for the safety of the sailors, even though it probably is unlikely!

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