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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)
TITLE: Amidst the Seas
By Javier Keefe
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The eldest, the wisest of the Captain’s crew, rang-out about the decks on queue. All the assembled listened to the intense man’s marvel and spitting plea. He spoke.
Heed these words, now cast these lines. For these winds my boys soon won’t blow as fast as they soon shall flow. Yes my men, but they will vanish with the east wind and they will pass alas. So make sail, yes keep hurrying those lines, good boy. We enter the seas grace; we pilfer the gold of wind with joy. We’ll glean this jewel that the sea spins and rules. Here we labor, not as fools. Come on men, don’t resist the call. To miss this moment, oh to be left behind, we’d be so blind. Prepare all you, your sails now. With these winds now, we will truly climb divine, and redeem the time.
The men had stopped their arduous sweating to lift up their eyes and look upon their achievement as the old wise sailor finished his decree. All eyes were filled with a child’s glee.
The stout Captain turned back and took full view at the swooping clouds, which would soon envelop, he and his crew. Before the gushing wind closed in the Captain’s sure hand aligned his heading with one quick spin.
The Captain faced his men once again. As he nodded all around to his obedient crew his eyes finally fell onto his faithful First-mate, his true friend. They paused to hold their stare for a moments grin. The wise old sailor then came to attention. He saluted his Captain in reply, as did all comply.
Instantly with a howling whoosh the vessel carried its crew as though with fluttering wings on through to their home, to their loved ones and to their friends. Their cheer then also commenced like that of the mighty rushing wind. Their travail would so soon be at its end.
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