Distress Call


“Come in Number Ninety-one.” she called.
“Come in Number Ninety-one.” she called.
Then she remembered there were only 20 boats
And called, “Number Sixteen, Number Sixteen.
Are you in some kind of trouble?”


About Ben Naga

Pilgrim on the lam. Please feel free to explore the links to learn more. I trust you will find some things there will have been worth the effort. See you there.

Posted on February 23, 2016, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. thefeatheredsleep

    This had lovely sound and reminded me of the Mothman Prophesies

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    • Thank you. I have neither seen the film nor read the original book.This speaks to me of the manner in which people can be in distress yet others often misread the tell-tale signals and so offer no assistance. They miss the obvious. Like calling to boat 91 when they should remember there are no more than 20. Time to revisit their “understanding” of their perception of things or level of “awareness”..

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  2. Wouldn’t want to be depending on her. 🙂

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  3. Hmmmm. Are you sixteen by any chance, Ben Naga? Or are you not a boat?

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    • Please see my reply to thefeatheredsleep’s comment above. As to whether I identify with the person from the boat or the woolly-headed girl on shore let’s just say I’ve played each role at some point in my time. No, I am not 16 any more, for better or for worse, nor am I 91. But one day maybe?


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