I am a pirate again

My head is surrounded
by the familiar twang of Alright?
as I walk through shipwrecks of kisses
with confused tongues, step off
planks into awkward conversations,
pretend to enjoy rum at house parties.
I am a pirate again
with a parrot on my shoulder
doing all of the talking for me,
making me appear in charge.

© Carl Burkitt 2022

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