The storm blinded them
“Fetch your pipes!” the captain bellowed
Play and await a response
Standing upon the bow he played
And soon a droning response relayed
With hope renewed, they followed
Finally breaking through nature’s din
To face the cliffs
That echoed his song
A Sirens song
Paul Hock wrote this story.
Under a sliver of moon, three sailors stand watch. The helmsman, the lookout, the conning officer—none of them say a word. Charged with a sacred duty, their eyes scan the horizon. They look for hazards hidden in the night. Belowdecks, the crew sleeps. Even the captain dreams of home.
Gabriel studies English at The Ohio State University.
“Where to, Captain?”
“We will cross the Ocean Sea on a voyage of great discovery.”
“We’ll all die!”
“Why do such a fool thing?”
“To bring new lands to our King!
“To bring new souls to God!”
“Are you kidding?
“To bring back gold!”
Aye aye, Captain!
Alexander Key is a high school teacher whenever the moon and stars align perfectly.