The Boy Sat on the Burning Deck.

The boy sat on the burning deck

His feet were in the water

 He saw a maiden swimming by;

It was the Captain’s daughter.


She said “Come on down and join me,

I’m sure we’ll  have a lark”

He said “Not for all the tea in China,

You’re being followed by a shark”.


The shark looked up and said to him,

“Don’t be scared of me,

Biting’s not the thing I do,

As the teeth I have count three”.


So in he dived beside the maiden

And swam along her side,

The shark swam up beneath them,

And took them on a ride.


The shark took them on his back

To beaches wide and far;

A common theme was on the sand,

They had a well-stocked bar.


The boy and girl tried all the drinks

Provided by new chums;

The shark went out to sea to eat,

Fish captured by his gums


They travelled o’er this great vast world,

To places far and wide;

These good friends  went together,

Side by side by side.


The three went on for all their lives

Having so much fun;

‘Til the last that was seen of them,

Was towards the setting sun.



  • Michael Edwards

    And a great bit of fun. It reminds me of Spike Milligans take on the poem:

    The boy stood on the burning deck when all but he had fled.

    • Goldfinch60

      The boy sat on the burning deck
      His feet were in the water.


    • orchidee

      A fine write Gold. Isn't there a film where a boy rides on a dolphin into the sunset in the final scenes?

      • Goldfinch60

        There probably is Orchi, or was it you escaping from the Saxons.

      • Laura


        I think I’ve been to that Tiki bar!
        A fun read. I enjoyed it!
        A soothing and peaceful musical piece! I needed it! Perfect timing!! Thank you for sharing! I have a feeling that today will be a good day!

        My love to Joyce ❤️and to you !


        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Laura, yestiday WILL be a good day.

        • Nicholas Browning

          It's amazing how a simple story can be so captivating. Well done Finch.

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you Nicholas, much appreciated.

          • Fractured Dreams

            What a great story, I enjoyed this thank you

            • Goldfinch60

              My absolute pleasure FD.

            • Neville

              Made me think back to my dear old dad.. he could tell em for sure... a great comical write this somewhat blowy Saturday... thanks for making me smile sir... Neville

              • Goldfinch60

                If I have made you smile my job is done.

                • Neville

                  the shift is merely over my old son.... I need more of em.... so I do.. & so say all of us...

                • Fay Slimm

                  I am so glad to have caught this funny ditty which captured my laughter from the very first line......... will look out for those chummy three Goldy next time I walk a sunsetting beach.

                  • Goldfinch60

                    I will be waiting for you Fay, what is your tipple, I will have one waiting for you,

                    • Fay Slimm

                      Mine is a ruby-red glass of wine - thank you dear Goldy - -

                    • dusk arising

                      Great story telling there Mr G.

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