A pirate’s lot remains on my mind today. To me, like many, there has always been a bit of allure to some of the legendary pirates. Not the least of these is a chapter in a book I aim to release within the coming year possibly about rogues in American history – Jean Lafitte. The Lafitte brothers and their men as some may recall are the true winners at the fabled Battle of New Orleans from which Andrew Jackson won part of his acclaim.
A Return to the Sea by Michael Doyle There are no monuments, he said As the storm unleashed over our heads There is only the water for you and me In our final return to this holy sea A pirate's life leaves no legacy Just tattered bits of mystery Hanging about like footnotes in history As fate washes our remains into the sea Disregarded for all of our banditry Few will ever know of our gallantry A few us will have our tales told The rest of us are unwanted, save for our gold Our lives were earned from this sea And in the end, it claims us as shall be Swallowing each pirate entirely whole Each of us knowing, we owe it our souls It's as if we weren't here at all As each of us answers the sirens' final call Such then is the pirates' fatal lot One which would be best never forgot (c) March 10, 2020 Michael Doyle All Rights Reserved