THE HELLENISTIC QUINQUEREME (reworked)


The Hellenistic quinquereme

Came to me from within a dream.

I heard the drummer beating time

And watched the oars march into line,

Digging into the foaming sea

Oh how she moved so splendidly.

Then canoes crossed over the ocean tide

Searching for some unknown other side.

Later came beautiful ships with sails

Braving the North Atlantic gales.

Steam came next belching smoke,

Burning Mega tons of coke

All in all to me it seems,

I much prefer those Quinqueremes

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