As ominous waves spill across the deck, the crew of the Deliverance is on the verge of dissolving into primal lunacy.
abandon their posts to keep dry, but climbing below deck they fail to
shut the hatches. Premonition is too frightened to put his fear in
verse. When the rain starts, the old ship is nothing but a sponge,
rolling from side to side like an obese, unhappy woman.
Cut the sails! Hold the helm! – Libero issues commands to the few left
to depend on, but when the first report of thunder sounds, even those
few seem reluctant to obey.
and Odd tag along side the captain, fused like puppets from different
plays, only the combined weight of their body keeps them from toppling
over to the cold boiling sea:
Captain! Oh, captain!
doesn’t listen. He finds a phthisical, hydrophobic son of shoemaker
and makes him scale the main mast:
Up, up, my brave! – he says, and the fool leaps to his feet, like a
servile dog, only to be, half way up, swept from the ropes by a savage
gush of wind.
The storm at its peak, like a dark blanket, threatens
snuff out the life on the insolent walnut shell probing its power.
Clove, to the mast! – howls Libero. The pathetic retard barely moves.
Libero unbuckles his belt. Poor Clove just pulls his legs under him,
expecting to be flogged. Lightning cuts the sky in ribbons.
But the captain only caringly fastens Clove to the base of the
mast to save him from being washed overboard.
Libero calls out to the face of the storm, to those mock mariners of his
hidden in the drenched bowels of the ship:
Is there no one to do my bidding?
would climb but Odd won’t let him, so the only one left to the
forsaken commander is crazy Maddick, the Dog of Lust:
Up you go, Maddick, my loyal son – the sun shines on Libero’s face
midst the cruel eye of the storm – shorten the sails before they’re
ripped to shreds, I’ll take hold of the helm!
savage complies with a newfound lucidity.
Now! – out of nowhere jumps young Rasap, axe in hand, with a ragged
band of mutineers close behind at his heels.
- Now! – yells Rasap to the captain – Now you submit or you die!