Frederick and Geraldine (Part 1)

They wanted to sail on the sea of life.
They built an ideal ship as in dreams.
Frederick and Geraldine, his sweet wife
Began sailing to explore new extremes.

Sometimes, he used to call her ‘’Crystalline.’’
On their ship, they carried good merchandise.
And he taught her to scream in the wind,
Creepy creeps with strong thoughts to harmonize.

He wore glasses, and his blue eyes were eyes
Of loveliness, when she called him ‘’Firstborn.’’
He was as a child, but one wondrous wise,
He had black tresses that were never shown.

From the watery green, their happiness
Touched the abstracted infinite of the sky-
The land was a thought- ‘twas togetherness
In that place where that much, no bird could fly.

She could do so many things in bad days,
But if she stopped loving him, she would die.
Being pregnant in that garden of praise,
She received a heart emerald thereby.

‘Twas a day to meet the ship of pirates
In searching for treasures in the islands.
She saw the danger through her man’s iris.
The pirates attacked them to take diamonds.

Frederick, the child, leaped inside her womb.
His father and the crew started to fight.
The pirates’ ship went to the waters’ tomb,
And Holy tears were poured on them for light.

Mary was a carrack around two hundred in size
Having a cargo space and five masts with lateen sails.
The men climbed to the top of the mast to front the skies.
Loaded the cargo and prepared it for heavy gales.

 

This ship had the main mast with a square sail for speed
And triangular sails for maneuverability.
Being eager to eat, to drink and to smoke their weed,
To load brocade and silk, they got the ability.

 

They had to purchase these goods from China to Lisbon,
Where they could exchange it for some Portuguese silver.
The crates were quite heavy, and Frederick asked Brisbon
To hire men, ’cause ‘’at the time, the goods they must deliver.’’

 

Brisbon hired sailors from Istanbul for the crew.
They carried the crates, one by one, into the cargo.
Sulim came and said that the gangway was damaged, too.
‘’What else? ’’‘’Three crates of goods and Abseil’ hands, ’’ said Fargo.

 

”We have to get to Gibraltar before September
In order to be able to pass through the mousetrap.
There is a strong current, which can be our ship’s dismember.
It flows in the opposite direction. Here’s the map! ”

 

Sam said, ”captain, how fast are the currents through this strait? ”
”The water at the surface flows between 2 – 4 knots.
The Autumn current can make us strain as through Hell’s Gate.
Losing knots in speed, we can die; life is in my thoughts.”

 

” The merchant wants to leave and doesn’t know what to do, ”
Said Sam. Frederick and two men went into port to seek
Someone, who could repair the gangway and someone who
Could treat Abseil’ hands, because to sail he was too weak.

 

Geraldine was in the kitchen to prepare some food
For the seamen. ”Where do you go? ” She asked Frederick.
”A man’s job! You’re too jealous. I don’t mean to be rude.”
”At noon, they drink.” She laughed. ”My time is always metric.”

 

Frederick descended quickly into the boat with
Sulim and Suaram. They went ashore and went up
In northeastern outskirts of the town, where the fifth
House was an unfinished jewel under the sky’s cup.

 

After two hours, they brought a few craftsmen the gangway
To repair. Finally, all the goods were brought on deck.
When the men started to eat, ’twas the end of the day.
” The water swallows the sun; it’s time for the dreams’ trek.”

 

Said Sam, while eating bread. ”And darkness engulfs the day.”
On the deck, the lanterns’ light made the place enchanting.
They ate in silence. The water sprayed wet pearls away.
Frederick said, ”Now, the timeless our sleep is granting.”

Sulim said, ‘’the moon rises in the sky like a child.’’
”The jeweler is going to come tomorrow to
Bring me jewels for those wanting their life to be styled.
Although I can’t sell them, I want all her dreams to come true, ”

 

Frederick said. She replied, ”I can’t wait to choose them.”
”They are expensive, and it’s hard to find customers, ”
Sam said, ’’ increase the price when two eyes light on a gem.”
”I have to deal with the coast-men, who are expert smugglers.”

 

” ‘Twas another world, when jewelry meant a business.
I had to wear a lapel clip to be fully dressed.”
Sam said, ”to the jewelry theft, I’m an eye-witness.”
”To protect this ship from pirates, I’ll do my best.”

 

He kissed her, ” you’re the most important jewel for me.”
She touched her womb, ”this fetus is very important.”
”And I hope he will become what I want him to be.
I know he feels me, even his feeling is quite dormant.’’

 

(After a few seconds of thinking, Frederick continued to talk with her.)

 

”Are you sure that we will have a boy? ” ”I am absolutely sure.
Moreover, he will be like his father.” The man held her
Into his arms, ” I’m strong enough this fate to endure.
Will he be as beautiful as me? ” He played with her hair.

 

Dreamy and meditative, Geraldine told him,
”He’s already a sailor in my womb.” He laughed.
”Son, I want you to hit her a little in a gym, ”
She exclaimed, ”he moved.” ”He’s maestro at this craft.”

 

(Early in the morning, Frederick and Geraldine woke up. They used to sleep in the same bed, although she was pregnant.
She had to prepare the breakfast for the sailors, and he had to go to the nautical bridge to take back the control of the ship.)

 

”You’ll stay in Lisbon for a few years because the child
Must grow up enough to be taken with us on the ship.”
”I do not let you roaming through the freedom and the wild.”
”I don’t go, I stay with you, ” he whispered lip to lip.

 

”Are you afraid of losing me? He asked tenderly.
”I’m afraid that something bad is going to happen.”
”With five belly dancers around, fashioned slenderly? ”
”Imagine this! You’re going to be a real captain! ”

 

He laughed. She gave him a pat on the back with her cushion.
”Do you see those five lateen sails? They dance in the storm.”
He wanted to make love with her, but she kept on pushing.
He immobilized her screaming ”Love me to keep me warm! ”

 

(Ismail knocked at the door and told Frederick that the jeweler was on the ship.)

 

To be continued…

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About Marieta

Marieta Maglas is from Romania. She was born on May 1964. She graduated the University in her country in 1987. Her poems have appeared in some journals, including the Velvetillusion Literary Magazine Alabama,The Secret (La Revista) Italy, FWM Magazine US and Thu Trang Spain. Her poems were selected, and published on some anthologies at Xlibris, Sybaritic Press ( more specific it’s about the book Near Kin edited by Marie Lecrivain), at Prolific Press ( Three Line Poetry issue # 25) and others. She has been nominated at International Festival of Poetry in Canada and Mexico.

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