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Paying The Captain

Russell Edson

            
  We get on a boat, never mind if it sinks, we pay 
the captain by throwing him overboard. And when he 
gets back onboard we say, captain, please don't be 
angry. And he forgives us this time. And so we throw 
him overboard again just to make sure we have fully 
paid the price we have set upon our passage. When he 
gets back onboard he is not anxious to forgive us, 
and he would like it much better if we would get off 
his boat. There is nothing left for us to do but to 
repay him and hope that this time it will be enough. 
And so we throw him overboard again. When he comes 
aboard again we say, now this must be the last of 
this, we will pay no more, we want the journey to 
begin.

  But it seems there will be no journey since we have 
gotten the captain used to a good thing. And so we 
must spend the rest of our days throwing the captain 
overboard. 

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