It was a dark and stormy night, a simple poem.

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A Stormy Night


This is a poem based on the silly rhyme we used to say when I was a kid, and it made me think of what a dark and stormy night, could mean to many different people. It can be exhilarating or frightening, or just keep you awake as the wind blows.

This is how it traditionally starts:

It was a dark and stormy night, three old men sat around a fire, one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night, three lonely wives sat huddled around the fire, one said to the others, ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night, three fishermen fought for their lives against a ferocious sea, and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night three fat Bishops held a banquet for their friends to celebrate Christmas and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night by the side of a frozen dessert road three children were dying of hunger, and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night and three young men sniffed their first cocaine, and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night, and three politicians patted themselves on the back and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night three soldiers lay dying for a cause they didn’t understand and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night three bankers sat and laughed at the world that had made them so rich for their failure and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night three rich kids threw a tantrum for more, more, more, and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night, and three wise men began to follow a star and as they rode, one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus:

It was a dark and stormy night three shepherds stood on a hillside and saw taht same star and one said to the others ‘tell us a tale’ and the tale ran thus…

It was a dark and stormy night, outside a city wall, three men hung from crosses…no one spoke.

By the same author

Guilty of Honour
Guilty of Honour

Young Ben Stone is fleeing for his life over the bleak Yorkshire Moors. From being a child, he has been besotted by the local landowner’s daughter Ruth, but after her wicked brother is accidentally killed, Ben fears that he will be blamed. Ruth convinces him he should go on the run; otherwise, her father who is also the local magistrate will probably have him hanged for murder.

Trying to keep out of the way of the law, he runs into a wandering band of thieves. They take him as a prisoner and he is forced to endure a desperate winter in their secret lair. When he does escape their clutches, his fortune changes, and he is taken in by a friendly parson. The parson runs a small orphanage in Cartmel, where Ben recovers his health and spirits.

A brief spell working at a chandler’s shop in Barrow in Furness is rudely interrupted when Ben is pressed into the navy. The year is 1801 and the Royal Navy is desperate for men.

Despite this poor start, Ben takes to life in the navy, and quickly gains promotion. He is set for a promising career, when his past returns to haunt him, in the person of Ruth the landowner’s daughter, who has been married off to the new Governor of Jamaica and needs transporting out to the Caribbean on Ben’s ship. During the voyage, Ruth takes the opportunity to revive Ben’s feelings for her.

When he returns to England, he is confronted by his past and has to face a court-martial over the death of Ruth’s brother. Can he clear his name? What part will Lady Ruth play in his future? Ben is in for many varied adventures before his life is settled.

 

Swashbuckling Adventure.

Sea Dog's Revenge
Sea Dog's Revenge

A Swashbuckling Adventure set in Tudor England.

Thomas Sladdin is from a simple yeoman family background, but as a child, his family is evicted by bloody Queen Mary’s henchmen, and he is forced to take cover with a family friend: Sir Francis Drake. Under Drake’s guidance, Thomas learns the art of navigation and sails around the world with Drake. Thomas is ambitious and driven on by the need to reclaim his family’s lands and fortune. After sailing with Drake for several years, he is able to afford his own ship and begins to build a reputation as an adventurer and privateer. He enhances his fortune, by plundering the Spanish Main and capturing treasure.

However in 1587, Protestant England is on the brink of disaster; it is financially bankrupt and under threat of invasion from Spain. King Philip of Spain who is determined to add England to his empire, and restore it to Catholicism is prepared to go to any lengths to subdue his enemy.

The greatest legacy Henry VIII left his heirs was a modern and strong navy. Elizabeth Tudor, armed with this weapon prayed that she could thwart Philip’s ambitions. In particular, she relied on a band of sea captains that she nicknamed her ‘Sea Dogs’.

Thomas Sladdin was now one of those captains; a privateer and adventurer, fiercely loyal to Elizabeth and the English cause, and he was prepared to put his life on the line to safeguard his country and Queen.

However, there were a number of surprises waiting for Thomas, and he could not help being taken aback by the twists and turns his life was to take, because he had not anticipated becoming part of Sir Francis Walsingham’s spy network, or meeting the mysterious and beautiful Princess Sabina of Portugal.

 

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Comments 14 comments

stessily 4 years ago

Tony, Wow! All walks of life are presented here, and you saved the most powerful encounters for the end!

I love the sound of the wind at night, but it's always been safe for me. I've never been in a hurricane. A tornado has struck nearby, but not near enough to affect me. So that's why I love the sound of the wind, especially when it's accompanied by the sound of the ocean.

Great poem wonderfully and effectively presented.

All the votes.

Kind regards from your computerless fan, Stessily


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

HI Stessily

still no computer? It must be driving you nuts!

The poem was one of those things that you wake in the middle of the night and it is burning your mind. It could have a million more verses, obviously it goes on and on. I was not sure as to whether or not to publish it because it is a bit odd; but in a way that is why I did pulish.

Nice to ehar from you again, I don't know when you will read this without your computer, but there is another cooking adventure with Fabio out. crunchy chicken if you have time.

all the best my friend. Tony


stessily 4 years ago

Tony, I'm not finding a crunchy chicken recipe in your repertoire! So I visited "Deck of Cards", which caught my attention. Could you include the link to crunchy chicken so I may read it on my next visit? Thank you!

Stessily


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

http://hubpages.com/food/Tuck-in-with-Tony-Crunchy...

Hi stessily, does this mean that your computer is back running?

cheers tony


stessily 4 years ago

Tony, Alas and alack! My faithful computer could not reasonably be resuscitated, so I parcelled it to happy homes: monitor to my friends' stepson so he could have his own sleek TV; tower, keyboard, etc., for repair and then resale in a nice shop; I kept the hard drive. I'm still pondering its successor. Fingers and toes crossed for the best decision.


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

HI

there is such a bewildering array of choices, I usually go on line to Dell. If you know more or less what you need in the way of RAM and such like it's nice to sort of build your own; otherwise it is always a bit of a compromise. I'm sure you'll make the right decision.

best wishes


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India

That was powerful! There was a contest run last year I think by a hubber - to complete the opening line, 'It was a dark and stormy night...' You'd have won hands down!


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

many thanks for your comment and visit to my site, it was just a thought I had onan early morning visit to the wc. Funny how your mind can wander at times, and where the inspiration comes from.

take care

Tony


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Ayup, Tony ... what a clever twist on this old joke .

Extremely powerful ... respect!


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Angie, thank you for your visit and comment. You could add your own lines to this verse, and on and on it could go.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, thanks for this very entertaining poem and the most powerful bit at the end .

Vote up !!!


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

KAshmir56

thank you for reading, and voting, sometimes inspiration is just waiting for us.

tony


Derdriu 4 years ago

Tony, What a dramatic, haunting, philosophical "simple" story poem! In particular, I like the flow of the poem, in which each type of narrator flows into another. For example, three old men might be interested in a tale about three lonely wives, who might be interested in a tale about their missing fishermen husbands.

Thank you for sharing, voted up + all.

Respectfully, Derdriu


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Derdriu

Thank you for your votes and interest. I am overawed and appreciative of the amount of comments you have left over the past couple of days.

respectfully, Tony

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