Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Nylon Gibbet

There's death riding over the waves,
so lets raise the jolly roger
avast

It's been so long since
we danced the hornpipe,
and made our victims walk the plank
lest they raft ashore,
on plastic bottles
 
All hands to deck,
trim the sail,
and raise the nylon gibbet,
for the tide waits for no man -
and our ship's a ghosting
against a hot wind,
amongst the empty waves,
while the innocent
hang


And a don't ye splice the mainbrace
until we've raised
the black flag
avast

A.J. Ponder

The idea for this poem is a mash up of a "dancing pirates" idea that refuses to work, and this truly horrible article The Ocean is Broken http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1848433/the-ocean-is-broken/--this/

It's a real worry that everybody wants and needs what the sea can provide, but it seems not everybody is prepared to look after it.


 A.J. Ponder is the author of Wizard's Guide to Wellington and  Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death.  


(Bundled into a super secret underground bunker Lilly must use her awesome genius skills - and her not so awesome social skills to survive long enough to create awesomely dangerous creatures and escape almost certain death...


 








Saturday, March 28, 2015

Free ebooks to celebrate Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Thrice Shy launch - March 31st 2015

(Christmas 2015 and the omnibus edition of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death is now available here)
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Bundled into a super secret underground bunker Lilly must use her awesome genius skills - and her not so awesome social skills to survive long enough to create awesomely dangerous creatures and escape almost certain death...  http://amzn.to/1tn1SVc

"I wish this book had been written when I was younger" Lee Murray

"a fun read for any YA mad scientist, secret spy, or evil super-villain" Peter Friend
"Fantastic read, highly recommended. Can't wait to read parts 2 and 3. Very descriptive characters, lots of humour and horror!! Shelley Whittaker 

 TOP SECRET! 

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shhh don't tell anyone but...to celebrate the launch of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death Part 3: Thrice Shy - on the 31st of March Phantom Feather Press is offering


Part 2: Twice Poisoned free April 18 2015!   

And...

Part 1: Once Bitten will be free 31st of March Pacific Time (9pm 31 March to 9pm 1st April NZ time)

And...

Twisty Christmas Tales  is also free 28th and 29th March (Pacific Time) – crazy Christmas adventures for the whole family! Christmas in outer space or at the beach, havoc in Santa’s workshop, monsters running amok, and mad scientists who turn Christmas into chaos by awesome New Zealand authors including Joy Cowley and David Hill


Enjoy!
A.J.Ponder

 www.amazon.com/Best-Twisty-Christmas-Tales-J-Ponder
-ebook/dp/B00OWXKEAW