An Uncommon Bounty
by Ethan Hedman
posted on October 23, 2020
Captain Hornigold sailed with his sobered-up crew
Come the morn after their drunken revels
Overboard in late contests, their hats they all threw
Now uncovered, their heads left disheveled
With wind at their backs, further flailing their hair
Merchantmen they did sight off the coast
Hornigold grinned and laughed, the glint in his eye rare
To his crew he did issue this boast:
"See now how that sloop scurries off with great fear
They suppose we'll soon hunt for their lives
They've spotted our banner, and Thatch at our rear;
Lads, an uncommon bounty arrives!"
Ranger signaled Thatch their intent to pursue
And made short work of filling her sails
Hornigold's small, swift fleet with the wind all but flew
'Til they drew near their new quarry's tail.
A pale flag was soon raised by the mercantile ship
As its crew softly begged for their fates
Hornigold came aboard, and at once he did quip:
"Hear me now, your headgear, abdicate!"
Neither bloodshed nor goods-theft occurred on that day
For the pirates had wished not a spat
They sailed off in good humor to find their next prey
Doing so in their fine, newfound hats.
About the author
Ethan Hedman is a speculative fiction writer from South Florida, the land of heat, humidity, and hurricanes. Ethan's work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Gunsmoke & Dragonfire, Community of Magic Pens, and The Hamthology. His full bibliography can be found on EthanHedman.com.