The Kraken

August 31, 2008
By Megan Hofschulte, Wauwatosa, WI

Once upon a broken sea,
Sailed a captain and his mate.
In there lives a chilling fiend
To determine the sailors' fate.

The captain glides with pride
Along the oceans peaceful feel.
When out arises a sea creature
Too monstrous to be real.

The beast extends its limbs
Across the blackened sky
And scoops the frightened fisherman
Up facing one pool-sized eye.

The brute opens its mouth,
As wide as a cave.
The skipper smiles cleverly
As if he can be brave.

Alas! The hero jumps
Down into its great chops,
He chokes the hopeless swine
And its massive skull drops.

The two men swim away.
And escape from the jaws of death,
And sail away while they watch
The monster exhale its last breath.

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