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Peter Holvoet-Hanssen

THE CURDLING REVENGE OF CAPTAIN GRAPPLEHOOK

I break myself down, build myself up.
Tack aback and then flip-flop.
Foam at the chops.
Keelhaul and heave ho.

‘Sailor?’
‘What d’you want, Hook?’
‘Avanti. From lava to spumanti.
West becomes east.’

Other suns, other planets.
Mortals that know of no stopping, brave the high
wave, learn from keeling
survive an ordeal by fire with senses reeling

when rounding Fire Island.

De stollende wraak van J. Enterhaeck

De stollende wraak van J. Enterhaeck

Ik breek mij af, bouw mij op.
Overstag en overkop.
Schuimbekken.
Kielhalen en optrekken.

‘Matroos?’
‘Wat wenst u, Haeck?’
‘Avanti. Van lava tot spumanti.
West wordt oost.’

Andere zonnen, andere planeten.
Stervelingen die van geen ophouden weten, die hoge baren
trotseren, van inzinkingen leren
een vuurproef doorstaan als zij in de waan verkeren

in een baan rond Vuureiland.
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THE CURDLING REVENGE OF CAPTAIN GRAPPLEHOOK

I break myself down, build myself up.
Tack aback and then flip-flop.
Foam at the chops.
Keelhaul and heave ho.

‘Sailor?’
‘What d’you want, Hook?’
‘Avanti. From lava to spumanti.
West becomes east.’

Other suns, other planets.
Mortals that know of no stopping, brave the high
wave, learn from keeling
survive an ordeal by fire with senses reeling

when rounding Fire Island.

THE CURDLING REVENGE OF CAPTAIN GRAPPLEHOOK

I break myself down, build myself up.
Tack aback and then flip-flop.
Foam at the chops.
Keelhaul and heave ho.

‘Sailor?’
‘What d’you want, Hook?’
‘Avanti. From lava to spumanti.
West becomes east.’

Other suns, other planets.
Mortals that know of no stopping, brave the high
wave, learn from keeling
survive an ordeal by fire with senses reeling

when rounding Fire Island.
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