Pirates have always fascinated me, and apparently they intrigue children also. Jake and the Neverland Pirates is a favorite animated show, I hear. There are many children’s books out there that have pirates for characters, as well. This is, of course, the romanticized version of pirates. The cutthroat reality would be a bit much. So to get ready for this episode, I researched pirates. I found out a lot, of course, but have only five minutes or so to present. So I focused on when the stereotypical pirates were sailing the seas. Turns out that the tricorn-wearing, shiver-me-timbers pirates were actually not out there for very long at all. That interested me. Oh, there were pirates for many years, still are of course, but not the flamboyant type. I looked into whether any pirates had redeemed themselves ultimately and become (more or less) law-abiding citizens. I read up on Sir Francis Drake, who was knighted by Elizabeth I, Henry Morgan, who became a lieutenant governor of Jamaica, and others who became landlubbers and lived out their lives. I also read up on Anne Bonny, arguably the most famous female pirate. It can’t be all about the boys, after all. So I had my information and set out to write the poem.
I have to say, I had fun with this one. I decided to focus on what pirates said, their colorful phrases and exclamations. This was also a learning experience for me, and I loved it. And I knew no child could resist a reference to a poop deck. I managed to work quite a bit of pirate jargon into my poem. And, bonus, I am now fully prepared for Talk Like a Pirate Day in September.
So we read the poetry, talked a little about pirates, told a couple of pirate jokes (what’s a pirate’s favorite letter? Rrrrrrrrr), and showed a few pictures of my grandson Charlie dressed as a pirate. And, of course, I had to make a pirate hat and sword so I could look authentic. All in, right? Even if your hat is a touch crooked and your fearsome sword is covered in tin foil. So, avast me hearties, and sail the pirate seas with us. ❤️