Frederick And Geraldine (Part 15)
''Let's share our cups of coffee to make a spiritual bridge between friends, ''
by Marieta Maglas
Said Naimah.'' Let's share a few moments of some good-hearted cheer, ''
Said Frederick.'' ''Love can die, but a friendship never ends.''
''Love is endless, '' ''I'm a widow harrowed with grief and fear, ''
''I've lost my wife, and now I must take care of my unique son.''
''Where do you go? '' ''I'm going to Morocco, firstly,
And then, I'm going to Egypt.'' ''I think this trip can't be easily done.''
''I have a brother who can help me because I'm worthy.''
''So, you left your home, '' ''I couldn't pay the taxes for my land.
Then, I abandoned my village and I fled to the town,
While many people did it like me; I had to understand
That the agriculture shrank; the food prices put me down.''
''The price of the Turkish silver fell and that of gold increased.
Your raw goods became cheap for the European traders
Who could buy very large amounts of stock trades from the east
To be developed and exported back; the friends turned to haters.''
''Their products were cheaper than yours while having a better quality
To undermine your local businesses and your craft guilds.''
'' They worked to introduce new methods in their factories.''
''It's due to our government, which this kind of bridges builds.
I've found a job in the lowest town's level as a servant.
At school, my son understood the education was his only outlet.
While dealing with the angry people, I felt lost in this current.''
''You should understand this situation from the outset.''’
(He talked with Frederick about Maya, his sister.)
A strange man having icy eyes embarked for Lisbon at noon.
He wore an amulet around his neck on its leather string.
He brought three dogs while whistling the air of an unknown tune.
From around, his cruel face looked like wanting tears to wring.
This strange man wore a black suit, a black hat, and a black cloak
Having equal pleats over the shoulders; his face was shrouded
In mystery; he started to walk as he wanted to provoke
Fear; he searched for an employee because his room was crowded
With some unusual things and he didn't have space for the dogs.
He wanted a face-to-face meeting with the captain.
He looked at Frederick while saying, ''Tell your rats and hogs
That my room must be clean; they must work for that clean to happen.'’
He sat down at a nearby table and decided
It was the time to pay Frederick for the travel.
He said, ''this is the best way to make you be excited.''
He gave Frederick five rubies, which were as thick as any gravel.
(Frederick started to talk with this stranger man, who decided to confess.)
‘’In the third century, Corfu was invaded and conquered
By the pirates from Illyria; later, they were driven out
By the autonomic Romans; though it was kinda awkward,
I've found an old treasure map; I've bought that land; I’m a scout.’’
Geraldine knew that Frederick did not want to betray her
Because he wanted to be the father of her child.
She wanted his burden not to be more than he could bear.
She was afraid that losing control could make her feel be beguiled.
Frederick wanted his son to be the captain of a ship
And to go together with her to do some business in Italy.
He had lost a lover before being with his wife in the time slip.
While talking, they didn't lie to each other prettily.
(The carrack was sailing to Syracuse.)
Frederick was the master and Brisbon was his mate.
He has always told Brisbon what it was to be done.
Brisbon commanded the sailors and he was really great.
When he screamed, ''Steer, trim, sail, '' to their duty they had to run.
Sam and Sulim were steersmen while Gian and Aldo were men-corners.
Suaram, Cosma, and Dino were gunners while Ismail
Was carpenter; Fargo was a swabber and boatswain while Hector
Was a cooper; Abseil was a quartermaster; to sail
Gino, Nico, and John hoisted the sails and got the tacks aboard
While hauling the bowlines and steering the ship when needed.
Ibrahim cooked, furled the sails, slung the yards and washed the board.
Maya was a cook, or a quack when the rules were not heeded.
Aldo screamed, ''Sulim, I see a land on the horizon! ''
''Impossible, you must see only the sea until Syracuse.''
''The compass had a big variation for no reason, ''
Said Freddy, ''we're in a wrong place; I need a valid excuse! ''
(To be continued…)
Poem by Marieta Maglas