Do you want to be a pirate, boy.

    And sail the seven seas? -

To hoist the Jolly Roger, boy,

    And sail upon the breeze?


But could you fire a musket, boy,

     And watch the bullets fly? -

Then once aboard a merchant ship

      Look your victims in the eye?


Amidst the flames and pistol fire,

     With cutlass in your hand,

Are you prepared to risk your life

     For the sake of contraband?


Could you take people hostage, boy

     And steal their jewels and gold?

You’d need to show your darker side.

     Are you fearless, boy, and bold?


If you were caught, you’d pay the price.

     Could you endure the pain?

By hanging you’d be punished, boy -

      No pirating again!


They’d take you out, with hands tied fast,

      And cart you through the streets.

Then, in front of all those rowdy mobs,

     The gallows you would meet.


Do you really want a pirate’s life

     And sail those seven seas?

I’d give the subject lots of thought,

    Before you say: “Yes please.”


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By Josie Whitehead

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This popular poem was chosen by children and teachers for publication in 2010.  It was one of almost 400 poems of mine which were published in five books by AMS Educational Publishers Ltd, Leeds.  I do hope your children like it also.  Josie