This is a story from long ago
in the third month of the year
when on a clear and sunny day
a mighty ship set sail, crew without a fear.
They sailed along for days
on tranquil quiet seas,
clear skies, no clouds in sight
just a hushed but working breeze.
The sails were set to catch the wind
though it wasn't much.
The crew enjoyed the journey;
the captain had never seen it such.
The voyage was calm and glassy smooth;
the ship sailed along with ease.
They made great time toward their goal.
Captain Caesar was quite pleased.
On day fifteen things seemed to change;
the ship rocked a bit and swayed.
The "breeze" began to come in gusts;
still crew and captain neither were afraid.
They'd been in storms on land.
They'd been in storms at sea.
So they battened down the hatches
and turned the ship to lee.
The wind grew and swelled,
It moaned and caterwauled.
"SOS! All hands on deck!"
Captain Caesar called.
Black clouds grew as the storm brewed,
the sailors nervous now.
Huge waves crashed and splashed
like foamy giants pounding
on the stern and on the bow.
The ship was rocked about.
The crew began to pray.
It brought them to their knees.
As they slipped and slid
they wailed "Save us, save us, please!"
The mainsail split, the lines came loose
flapping wildly all around.
The big ship creaked and groaned.
It made a deathly sound.
Now the ship was going down.
"Deliver us from this fate.
Don't let us sink, don't let us drown!"
pleaded first and second mate.
The ship continued to descend
into the briny depths.
No help appeared, no ship came near.
These would be their final breaths.
The ship was nearly gone.
The sails had lost all starch.
As the crows' nest sank from sight,
Captain Caesar yelled,
"Beware the Tides of March!"