The Chest – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

AnElephantCant deny it
He looks forward to Al’s challenge
He tries not to be rash
As he gives it a bash
And hopes he won’t cause too much damage

Copyright Alastair Forbes

Copyright Alastair Forbes

I still remember that first voyage, must be thirty years ago now.
He wasn’t captain then, of course, just second mate, I think.
But he wasn’t one to hang around waiting for things to happen.
No, he slit a few throats along the way, I’ll be bound!

I’ve seen a few sights too.
Some of the stuff that’s been stored in here has been amazing.
Gold and silver bullion, Spanish doubloons, jewels, finest silks, I have kept them all.
And weapons!
Musketoons and flintlocks, cutlasses and daggers, all the tools of the pirate’s trade.
And finally that famous Treasure Map.

Which, I suppose, made it inevitable, if you think about it.
He made a few enemies along the way, became increasingly temperamental.
I worry that I will never be rid of his smell.
I hope someone gets him out of me before he reaches the advanced stage of decomposition.

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless.
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12 Responses to The Chest – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

  1. julespaige says:

    Bravo – The box speaks. In a way so did the original Pandora’s box. More with concepts than words. I wonder what that box felt like when empty…of mostly wicked images…and yet perhaps we can believe Hope is/was sweet?


  2. emmylgant says:

    Encore un tresor.
    Nicely done and twisty, just the way we like it! 🙂


  3. nightlake says:

    The voice of the box.. all it wants is to get away from the man. nice idea.


  4. lmao… love this! ::::opening window for fresh air:::::


  5. Penny L Howe says:

    That is very funny and clever. I’m sure the chest wishes it was a lot smaller! 🙂


  6. colonialist says:

    A meerkat thinks
    This here chest stinks …


  7. Alastair says:

    AnElephant spins a good yarn
    He can take a picture to make a great story
    The bad guy in this one
    Could have been killed with a gun
    But it stopped before it became too gory

    This story is excellent. Being the mind of the box is unique 🙂


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