The Salty Dog

     For those who miss the ocean, and their home.. A little something light.

Happy Wednesday,


Seaside wishing

A home away from home


 Now, whenever I get the notion,

that I miss being near, the ocean,

I just head downtown,

to a bar called the “Salty Dog”.


You know, it’s nowhere near salt water,

but it’s my rock of Gibraltar,

’cause there are many like it,

where I come from.


 Yeah, I grew up on Cape Cod,

where me and my dad, with our fishin’ rods,

would try to catch those stripers,

when they’d run.


I remember the day he told me,

“son, if you go to sea, go boldly.”

So, I spent some time in the Navy,

way back when.


Now, I’ve been so many places,

and I’ve seen so many faces,

and the “Salty Dog” brings back,

fond memories of them.


It’s owned by Vincent Gill,

but, he’s known as Captain Bill.

And just why that is,

is still a mystery.


He’s got a male dog he calls Gerty,

he’s got a parrot, that talks dirty,

and that bird knows words,

that even embarrass me.


It’s got that seacoast feelin’,

fishin’ nets, on the ceilin’,

and the restrooms are for the use,

of buoys and gulls.


 And there’s a ship’s bell, that he rings,

when it’s time for the band to sing.

And he needs it ’cause the ‘Dog’,

is never dull.


Yes, now I’m out here on the plains,

but, the ocean’s still in my veins.

And I know I’m gonna,

see it once again.


Yeah, I know for sure one day,

I’m gonna up and sail away.

But I’ll hang out at,

the “Salty Dog” til then.


With the Captain and the parrot,

and my friends.

Yeah, the Captain and that parrot,

are my friends.


 Jack Downing

                                                                         Nov. 2008

Copyright© Jack Downing, aka Jake All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or disseminated in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author. JRD 3/27/13


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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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4 Responses to The Salty Dog

  1. This made my day, thanks Mr. Downing! 😊

  2. Sally says:

    Fast to read ,quick to comprehend and visions of you smiling!!

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