when i was a 5

i wanted to be a pirate

maybe not a blood-thirsty
killing kind of pirate but

more of a swashbuckling
snappy dresser daredevil kind

i would wear a leather satchel
strapped diagonally
across my chest and just my

i never got as far as the eye-patch
but i was quite handy with a plastic sword

i am not sure
what got me hooked on pirates but

now that i think of it

i am sure it had something to do with
pippi longstocking

and to this day
i think part of me still resembles her

but maybe it is just

the teeth