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How to Jump Ship in Ten Steps
(NaPoWriMo Challenge: April 1, 2019)
1. Deck Standing
When you decide to leave ranks, rise above the deck like a gliding seagull.
2. Release the Missives
Send your final letters of adoration on the penultimate day, like a bird on the beach waiting to capitalize on a wave cycle.
3. Captain’s Greeting
Shake hands with the rest of the crew and watch them exit down into the gun deck.
4. Walk the Deck
Walk the perimeter of the establishment, bow to rudder. You will never see this ground again and, although you are still seasick, one day you will forget most of it.
5. Pack the Duffel
Collect your starfish.
6. Unhook the Lifebuoy
Prepare the skiff. The helm is literally every part of it.
One last bit of gossip with the **** crew.
8. Unfold the Map
Chart a course to the port of ferries. By definition they will take you somewhere.
9. Salute the Mast
It is a rugged piece of your soul that you must leave behind.
Set sail for the open calm.
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