Rum and Tears (3)
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the ships of the line of the British and Americans during the War of Independence'.


Peta looked at me and laughed. 'Oh, such a tortured soul. Everything has a meaning?'


'Everything has a meaning', I said. 'I like to find meaning in things. But finding meanings in things like this rope?' I held up an elderly length of rope. '“Knot” my problem'.


Peta put her hand to her mouth and laughed.


'Don't anchor-age him' came a call across the yard. I laughed this time.


'Hey Floooor-ence', I called, putting emphasis on the oooorrrr as I always did.


'Ya lazy son of a Jackson! You promised to help me paint the ferry today'.



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