Hurry Cane



He’s bringin’ rain, ole Hurry Cane,
Racin’ ‘cross the sea.
Batten down the hatches, ‘swain.
He’s comin’ fast for thee.

His wind doth blow, twist and spin
As it churns up waves so high
Ye can see naught but walls like sin.
Your end is comin’ nigh.

Repent your ways in the night-like days
As his storm bears down on thee.
Will ye save your ship from colossal waves?
Or yield to the wind and sea.   

He’s bringin’ pain, ole Hurry Cane,
Comin’ for the likes of ye.
Laughin’ at your proud disdain,
Your will’s no longer free.

Hurry Cane’s not the only one
That’s comin’ for your soul.
Vindictive fiends are doublin’ down,
Lyin’ to achieve their goal.

Will you wake up and clear your brain
‘gainst words in a roiling sea?
Will ye save your soul from a tyrant’s reign,
Or yield your right to be free?

About this poem

This poem began as just a play on words and went full swing during Hurricane Ean. The last two verses were added later about the storm of misinformation and division swirling about. Last edited, today.

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Written on October 27, 2022

Submitted by janet_1 on October 27, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD XBXB ABAB XEXE ABAB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 850
Words 172
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Janet Muirhead Hill

Janet Muirhead Hill is a novelist who occasionally writes poetry for fun and for self-expression. Her published books include the Miranda and Starlight series of horse stories for middle-grade readers and other fiction. more…

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4 Comments
  • janet_1
    Thank you so much for your kind words. Hurry Cane was fun to write and I'm so glad to hear you like it.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • Vixility
    Really enjoyed reading and rereading this! Loved the rhythmic pace of the story's warning and the narrator's dialect. Reminded me of The Seafarer, for some reason. Anyhow, excellent work!
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • lovingempath
    I'm surprised this poem didn't win top honors! It's still my favorite! Best wishes to you! :)
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • lovingempath
    I love a well-contrived poem with appropriate use of language, and visuals. To me; the form and function are perfect. What really won my vote was the subtle 'double entendre' (sp?).. Very clever :). Great job! 
    LikeReply1 year ago

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