Island Numbers

by Jeff Geiger

4. lust the landlord's daughter

8. an island hidden in the sound holds treasure

15. readying his bayonet
      wading through the tall reeds and muddy waters
      he spies an organ

16. the sailor caresses the carved wood
       wondering its existence
       he makes chords hang in the air

23. this will be her treasure
       no curse can stop when lust turns to love
       there will be no wailing lament in the port

42. loading it on his ship
        he secures it in a hatch
        setting his sails for hearth and heart
        but waves raise high and crash
        sailor and sound sink to the ocean floor
        and Penny remains a lonely landlubber
        sorrow fills the silence