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The Pirate Solstice:

There is tale around the Galbin Coast,
Of a black ship that appeared on the Winter Solstice.
It arrived at a town near Bismarch,
Struck heavily by famine and crop plagues.

The ship drifted silently upon the ocean currents,
Not a creak nor groan could be heard from its frame.
It docked at the port like an ominous reaper's vessel;
A metallic boarding ramp - much like a daemon's tongue -
Slithered slowly from its deck to meet with wooden jetty.

The crew descended, wearing black cloaks and black hats,
Fedoras, I believe they were called.
These figures made little noise as they moved,
walking slowly, silently and solemnly,
Carrying huge rucksacks upon their backs.

One by one, they dispersed throughout the town,
They went from house to house, distributing food,
Gifts and other things of the like.
For the first time in a long while,
The town was filled with laughter and joy.
Children actually giggled and smiled,
While adults breathed a sighs of relief and ease.

Yet, throughout all of this, the figures remained silent.
They spoke to no one, save to explain their gifts,
They entertained the queries of wide-eyed children,
In a formal manner; curt without being rude.

Perhaps it was their law not to involve themselves with people,
Perhaps it was simply their personal credo of silence.
Regardless, we were thankful, even if they didn't speak.
For their actions spoke far louder than any word we'd ever read.

And just like that, as mysteriously as they appeared,
They vanished, once all their work had been completed.
Their silent ship, cast off from port without wind.
It even sailed against the current, like an ethereal ghost.

They left nothing of themselves behind, not even a tiny murmur of their names.
But the people of Port Loch would never forget their saviours, even to this day.
Hence, in their town, the Winter Solstice was renamed 'The Pirate Solstice'.
And small model ships would be set sail each year, all bearing the name
Of that mysterious black ship; captured from afar before the ship disappeared.

'Il Padre del Sangue, The Father of Blood...'

-Chen Yuan Wen, 31st December 2012
Arrr maties,

Yer captain has half-returned. T'day the story in the e-book will be completed and after that I will be returnin' full time t' DA while me e-book undergoes final edits, formatting and cover works.

Our planned release date fer th' e-book is the 5th of January, the first friday o' th' new year and ye'll receive more news and information about it as I promote it over the coming week.

I'll also be replyin' t' notes, comments and replies (in that order) which I've neglected so dreadfully till now (because I've basically been livin' as a hermit, and trust me: what ye see in manga is absolutely true, me floor and everythin' be dotted with crumpled papers and me room in general be a terrific mess).

Anywho this poem was originally intended fer christmas as part o' me crew's Christmas challenge. Tis a last minute entry I admit (since I was out of time) but I'm glad I managed t' finish it. Ye'll notice I used a different name fer th' ship, reason bein' I wanted a lil' more impact than just 'Sangue Padre' so let me know if ye like th' upgraded name.

I'll also be postin' another somethin' in the evenin' lads and lasses, so please look forward t' all o' that ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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noorelven Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
aww sweet :D
Zephyras-Lied Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome poem! The Pirate Solstice doesn't seem like a bad holiday. keep up the incredible work!
LivingInMyThoughts Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is incredible. I absolutely love this idea. And since I don't think I told you before, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. :) And best of luck with the release of your e-book. I'm sure with all the effort you put into it, it'll be a roaring success!
poetryfreak15 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Interesting storyline there.... not what Iwas expecting at all, really. Which is a good thing, by the way.
kalic00 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it captain. as always.

glad to have you back

-Erik, the thousand swordmaster of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchenplz:
kalic00 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*facepalm* dammit. . . :iconwordofchen:
ananumber Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it
20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Really good!
Also, I wish you a
:iconsantalaplz::rudolph:HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!:iconsantalaplz::rudolph:
MarijaPeci Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Your creations give so much interesting thoughts. They're full of mystery, some kind of hidden joy or surprise... I never thought that poems about pirates and stuff would be so interesting for me! (Had to pause my music so that I could epathize)
AnUnfoldedPaperTiger Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Writer
It's good to have you back, cap'n. And with a poem to match the occasion as well.

Sorry if this message seems a little weak. I've kinda hit a writing slump.
KuraiTenshiV Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist
absolutly love this
FennecKajidaKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
**CHILLS ALL OVER** Such an amazing story! I love thisss~~~
klevry1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
marvelous and entrancing as ever chen
starmic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
wow amazing i want to read more!!!!!!!!! i imagine you talking in a pirite voice awhile reading this another amazing story thank you chen or i should say captain^^
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