Where from whence doth this arrive - a rhyme that?

jumps into - or out of - me head. I beg yer patience to read it though and your kind advice as to what specialist I may require? E'en so, I been enjoyin it, though the lad won't stop knockin til I write 'is story. Pesty thing, here's yer bloody tale: (BTW This is fiction, so no tears required - if... show more jumps into - or out of - me head. I beg yer patience to read it though and your kind advice as to what specialist I may require? E'en so, I been enjoyin it, though the lad won't stop knockin til I write 'is story. Pesty thing, here's yer bloody tale: (BTW This is fiction, so no tears required - if I'm guided to make 'im walk the plank. Arrgh!)

The Sighting

I was but nine years old me first year out ta sea
An orphan I was so, a'course, the ship were a home ta me

Not strong enough, I was, ta be more'n a cabin boy
But had ne'r had a childhood nor owned any silly toy

Captain, 'e was kind enough an' so were the sailors too
They told me all their tales, though I doubted all were true

I was coiled into me usual corner one night an' fast asleep
When me bladder tol' me it was time - to git up an' take a leak

I made me way ta the deck, still rubbin' me sleepy eyes
Then fumbled ta open me breeches when I saw the sight of me life

Then stunned, I was, and wide wake as I saw the foggy wreck
Passin' by near enough to touch and left me puddle on the deck

I wanted to cry, to scream the alarm but me mouth was frozen shut
So she slowly sailed out o'sight, leavin' a wake in the watery rut

Don't know how long I stayed there, just frozen to me spot
But she wanted someone to see her an' I ha' ne'er forgot

An' e'ery night from that night on, I ha looked for her at sea
Ta see again her skeleton crew and those skulls grinning at me

Aye, I'd seen The Dutchman, could be no other ship at all
An' the tales the sailors tol' me, I could add to wi' what I saw
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