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Rated: E · Poetry · History · #1849111
A short poem about a voyage we all can recognize.
Caught in the Middle

Caught in the middle, between a rock and a stormy sea.

We walked together, out on the deck.
Hands tied behind our backs.
They chanted we were guilty.
Our faces, our legs went slack.

We were caught in the middle, between a rock and a stormy sea.

Downtrodden on the sandy decks,
Sea-life flew into our eyes,
The salt was crystal between us all,
But they told us we need not cry.

We were caught in the middle, between a rock and a stormy sea.

They gathered us slaves together,
Labeled a sinner, every one.
They gave us two bullets, one blank, they said,
Then told us to load our guns.

We were caught in the middle, between a rock and a stormy sea.

Guns, we had never held before.
Approached with appropriate dread.
We were to play a game of roulette.
And point them at our heads.

We were caught in the middle, between a rock and a stormy sea.

Wind whipping and lies a-blasting,
The sentence was clearly read,
We aimed the guns, one loaded, one empty,
Then shot our captors dead.

We were caught in the middle, between a rock and a stormy sea.

We loaded their bodies onto the ship.
Then stowed them below the decks.
We could not leave them where we were,
Or surely they'd stretch our necks.

We were caught in the middle, between a rock and a stormy sea.

By the time the storm was over,
And the anchor finally cast.
Sadly, none had survived the voyage.
Who knew it would be our last?

None is really caught in the middle, all lost in a stormy sea.
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