The Swordfish and The Amistad

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“Now All Shall Bow and Obey My Rules on This Ship!”

Bellowed the overbearing Captain Crook

With that he ordered everyone out onto the deck

In the pouring rain

The swells rocking the boat

As if going from mountain to valley

“None shall eat, nor talk, neigh even to loosening your bowels!

Until I have confirmed that it shall be granted by my judgement

And mine alone!”

All of a sudden!

A giant swordfish

Rose from the depths of the ocean

And smote off the evil Captain’s head

With a quivering

Agile stroke!

A man from the galley


Who was particularly set upon

By the degraded whims

Of the arrogant Captain

Picked up his severed head and said

“Is this okay, Captain!”

And proceeded to urinate all over the face

Of the separated cranium!

A raucous cheer!

With the faintest understanding

Of freedom reclaimed

Broke out amongst the hundred or so men and women

Hoarded on the Amistad

Within mere minutes

The blood of the Captain’s crew spilled

Aft and stern into the open seas

The tempestuous storm departed

And the sun’s golden rays magnificently came piercing down

Bathing the men in its glory!

As if wanting to add some divine finality

To the former slaves/master situation


Published by The Appeal to Safety LLC

I am the owner of The Appeal To Safety. The Appeal to Safety is a Construction Safety Management/ Safety Consulting business. We provide Site Safety Managers/ Site Safety Coordinators/ Concrete Safety Managers/ Construction Site Fire Safety Managers for prospective NYC Construction companies that are well-versed in NYC Dept. of Buildings, FDNY, CDC, DOT and other relevant government agency codes and regulations/ safety standards. We also can provide EHS Construction Safety Managers for Heavy Civil Construction projects based in New York City and vicinity. We have a vast database of Licensed Safety Managers that we utilize to find Outstanding Safety Manager Candidates for our clients. Please contact for any and all of your Construction Safety needs! Together we will make The Appeal to Safety! Enjoy my original poetry with curated music videos! Have a great day!

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