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Cat O Nine Tails

Nine Tails of Guts, Nine Tails of Blood
the whipping of flesh never stops.
So I hold my head high and hope to the stars
that the captain misses my theft of the mops.
For without the mops to swallow the blood
and to clean the decks of the red
I shall live in hope for a better life
on this voyage of the starved and the dead.
The sails are aloft and the wind is a knife
and the salt is a bitter sweet friend
So I sail on at night in the sweat of my life
and I hope that my scars will never mend.
For without the pain of life and the memory of my scars
and the everlasting sting of the Tails
I can now have the strength to get by in this life
with the Cordage, the Ratlines and the Sails.

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Written on the spur of the moment in reply to the Title of Poete100’s “Cat O Nine Tails” image…..Click here

I live at Riddells Creek in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, and have been involved in Horticulture all my life.
I play Blues Harmonica and Bodhran’ in my spare time, as well as getting involved with Genealogy and Medieval History,
I have also been acting for 40 years and was lucky to be cast as a judge in the movie “Stricly Ballroon”…
But my camera is my passion.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    WOW, that was spur of the moment!

  • Everytime I write something it always goes down to paper when I feel something.
    If I have to ponder I lose it.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 3 years ago

    Larry, wonderful writing !!

  • I must have lived it in another life somewhere…?????
    because I can feel the pain

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 3 years ago

    What a wonderful piece of writing dear Larry.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine.
    I’m glad you can appreciate it.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 3 years ago

    Fabulous or should I say Fantabulous wow Larry…I can always count on you for these wonderful replies to my posts…I’m very pleased my photo inspired this beautiful Poem
    thank you so much…
    Your reply to Kala…I am exactly like that….when inspired I must put it down on paper
    imidiately or loose it…that’s writer for you!!!! :-)

  • Knowing how you appreciate the written word, it always gives me a challenge when I see something of yours…. otherwise the verses would be few and far between…… ( One day I might run out of puff..)

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 3 years ago

    Absolutely love it…hope you didn’t live this in a previous life…outch …lol

  • The sea has attracted me all of my life. including my Father / Grandfather / and G.Grandfather…. So I leave it up to you….
    And now that I live inland I miss it terribly.
    I am looking forward to March as there is a very big “Wooden Boat Regatta” happening here and it’s over 2 days so I will be there with bells on.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago


  • Grazi…. I’m happy that you can appreciate it.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 3 years ago

    I am jealous of your March Wooden Boat Regatta…will be nice to see the posts…

  • I hope I can do it justice.
    I will be meeting up with the Geelong Yacht Club and hopefully get out on the water as well, but we need to wait and see…. here’s hoping.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 3 years ago

    Beautifully written Larry!!

  • Thanks Kate.
    I’m happy you enjoyed it.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • linaji
    linajialmost 3 years ago

    FEB 2012

  • You are so good to me…
    Thanks you dearest Lina….. What a Bonus.

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

  • tunna
    tunnaalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic mate.I felt like I was on the deck in an Alexander Kent novel.Well done

  • Ahhh, that’s what I like to hear… It’s really good to hear when
    the words hit home…?

    – Larry Lingard-Davis

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