The Ramingo’s Porch – “18th Century Royal Navy Refreshment” & “Seasoned Criminals” Two Poems By Stephen Nelson

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18th Century Royal Navy Refreshment

Cheap dark rum promises South Sea adventure with Captain Cook at the helm
and natives on the shore in swaying grass and flowers. I’m neither guilty nor enticed,
only drunk on deck in rags scoured by sea salt like an outcast of the islands with scurvy.
I’m silent when the poets talk of displacement, wishing I was lost with Teal
in the jungle, eating papaya, making love in a tent in the steaming hills. I dream; I drink
and look winter in the eye. The wind cuts cold like an alcoholic surgeon and I hate
the prizewinners, the Nobel song and dance men with their gala ballgowns
and enigmatic transgender allure. Continua a leggere