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Rita the Pirate

by Cheryl Frances-Hoad From The Thought Machine (2016)

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Rita the Pirate
English source: Kate Wakeling

Let me warn you of Rita, the pirate supreme:
she’ll grab all your gold with an ear-splitting scream.

What she lacks in back teeth she makes up in back bone;
with her horrible stare, she turns grown men to stone.

She steers her great boat with her crooked quick wits
and a cackling crew of rogues, cheats and misfits.

She’ll go head-to-head with a hammerhead shark
for it’s clear that her bite’s just as bad as her bark.

Yes, Rita’s old soul is as cold as they come,
there’s little feared more than the sound of her drum.

And they say Rita won’t touch a toe on dry land
but I’d keep your door locked (and the breadknife to hand).


Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Cheryl's music has been described as “like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition” (The Times), with “a voice overflowing not only with ideas, but also with the discipline and artistry necessary to harness them” (The…

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