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By Bruce W. Niedt
There's the story they tell on the Outer Banks
about Blackbeard, and the other privateers--
how they would hang lanterns on mules
and run them up and down the sandy beach.
This confused incoming ships
especially in the fog of night--
they thought they sighted a lighthouse
and sailed into the sound,
scraping the shoals, running aground,
helpless to the plunderers
who awaited ashore
and waded across to breach the gunwales.
That's how it feels
to talk to you.
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