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TftCN: An interview with Angel Canann- One World Photography

TftCN: An interview with Angel Canann- One World Photography

Today on Tales from the Crow’s Nest, we have a special treat, an interview with Angel Canann of One World Photography.

Angel is the sole proprietor and photographer of One World Photography in Denver. She has done several photo shoots with the Colorado Rogues. In 2010 she was made an official F.O.R. (Friend of Rogues) and we are very  happy to have her. You may find her website at

So without further adieu..

Question: What got you started doing photography?

Angel: I’ve loved cameras since I was a child. I think it’s the idea of holding on to memories that I want to keep, or sharing the way that I see the world, or helping to tell someone else’s story, that is the basic draw for me. It is art, it is expression, it is communication and understanding, and when it’s not Photo-Shopped, it is truth.

Question: Is photography more of a hobby for you or more of a business?

Angel: ***~laugh~ …Yes!

It is a Passion; an evolutionary learning and growth process. I am blessed to be able to also call the experience business.

Question: Tell us a little bit about yourself. I know that you have done work for several members Rogues and have also done work with Avistrum. Any interesting stories?

Angel: The most incredible one is that if I hadn’t picked up the Denver Post one Saturday morning and seen a want ad for employment at Colorado Ballet, I wouldn’t even be doing this interview right now. I started working at the ballet, another girl started there and begged Jackie to work there for her, that girl got fired three days later and Jackie started working for me. Jaded (Jackie) asked me to come shoot Avistrum in the fall of 2007, and the rest is history. I have since become a FOR, a CON-noisseur  ;p, and a photographer for some of Avistrum’s events. Life turns on a dime.

Question: Do you ever sell your photos as art? Or are they mainly done for a client and sold directly  to  that customer?

Angel: My work is sometimes sold as art, sometimes as a photo story, and sometimes as photo work for a client or friend.

Question: I saw the photos you  took for the crew of the Nautilus, they  were  really  great. Do you work regularly with any of the local make- up  artists?

Charlotte Berech-Herring

Angel: Yes, Lesley Beckmann and Charlotte Berech-Herring are two face paint/makeup artists who have worked with me on separate photo shoots in the past. I enjoy working with them! It’s such a delightful honor to collaborate with other talented artists. Lesley worked on the Nautilus photo shoot. I highly recommend them. is Charlotte’s website.

Example of work by Denver Face Painter

Question: In preparation for this interview I did a web search for One world photography, and there were a few possible sites that came up. Are they affiliated with you?

Angel: No, I am the sole proprietor and photographer of One World Photography in Denver, although the website has a slightly different name.  And I would like to  give a huge thank you and shout out to my brilliant and patient web designer and friend Barry Ludwick!! I’d still be floundering in the dark recesses of the unknown un-internet if it weren’t for him.

Question: What is your favorite piece that you have done?

One World Photography:Big Ben by Angel Canann

Angel: I could sooner choose a favorite star in the sky ;D (that’s a bit of inside humor, as I am an avid astronomer). There are many favorites for many reasons, but some of the most special are a raindrop during a storm on Lake Dillon, the Eiffel tower in the distance of a pink sunset; it’s a lovely moment to see, but also special because the friend I was with was seeing the Eiffel for the first time and it looked like that. There is one showing the back of the giant clock in the Musee D’Orsay in Paris, Big Ben hiding behind a tree in London, an image of Prince William and Kate Middleton in their carriage coming back from Westminster Abbey after their wedding, one I shot in Santa Fe of a homeless man named Jason and his dog while they were sitting on the sidewalk, several professional ballet and dance images, Harrison Ford giving me a really great smile, Vancouver BC glistening in the late afternoon sun like a jewel, a statue on one of the fountains at Versailles palace that looks as if he is weeping, several images from Scotland, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Highway 101, Los Angeles, Rocky Mtn Natl Park, Boston, Florida, Canada, Mexico, Italy, different towns and villages throughout the UK, Seattle, Bandon, Santa Fe, St. Louis and even the Col Ren Faire; there are more, I am sure. People, places, moments that define time and place and experience. So many to love for different reasons.

Question: What  are some of the things you  are currently  working on?

One World Photography: Tulips and Mountain by Angel Canann

Angel:Some of the most recent work over the last month has been shot in New York, Boston, Seattle and Anacortes (Washington) where I shot Orca and tulip farms, and in Italy along the Amalfi Coast, and in Rome. Some of the photos I am willing to share outside of my website are up on Facebook. But my best work never goes up on Facebook, because it’s too easy to steal.

One World Photography-Amalfi Coast by Angel Canann

Question:Anything else you want to  touch base on?

Angel: I am working on some very unique and special art projects that will be available soon, as well as a handful of upcoming art shows… Stay tuned!! New wow coming!! ;D

One World Photography: Ice Castle Traveler by Angel Canann

Question:If one of our readers was interested in doing a Photo shoot with you how much would something like that cost?

Angel: Pricing usually runs about $250 an hour, but I rarely stick with that because each shoot is totally different and requires unique work and detail from me, thus affecting price and time commitment. Don’t check my website, check with me, please. I’ve also been known to work for trade.

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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in The Art Show


TftCN: An interveiw with our Twizted Pirate Arrrt Winner

TftCN: An interveiw with our Twizted Pirate Arrrt Winner


My name is Scott Ward. First and foremost, I am a pirate in my dark heart  of hearts.
I am honored to be recognized by the Twizted Sails Pirate  Arrrrt Contest. It is a great thrill to win.
My “pirate” name/persona is  a pirate clergyman “The Reverend Dr Scott”, he is a leading practitioner of  Pirateology. As the “hostage” of the Crimson Storm of the Colorado Rogues, I am  also their “mob lawyer” and occasionally I also practice a little medical  mixology in my various piratical guises. Obviously, The Rev is a wee bit of a  fraud LOL. Hey I said I am a pirate, right?
I do a little business on the  side as “scottozoid art&salvage” which is digital photography and graphic  design. This is mostly a hobby, but I got into it originally because I wanted  some stuff done for a few events I had organized, and there really wasn’t anyone  else to turn to at the time who would do the sort of stuff I wanted, mostly  posters and t-shirts. I am influenced by all periods of Art History, but  especially from the rock music poster art of the 1960’s and 1970’s and the  eclectic aesthetic of that era.
I am located in Dallas but travel to  Denver several times a year. I plan to march with the Rogues on Opening Day at  the Colorado Renaissance Festival this year when they take over the Pirates Pub.  My pirate poetry troupe, the Seadog Slam, will be performing at Brethren Con  this fall, and I will be vending some of my t-shirt designs along with Kathy  Bodnar (“Hacksaw” of the Crimson Storm) at our booth “Fabriquewerx”
The  works I have for sale right now are t-shirt designs, promoting our Mexican  Caribbean pirate group “Los Piratas del Caribe Mexicano” (The Pirates of the  Mexican Caribbean) we have an annual pirate party and sunset sail on the island  of Isla Mujeres, just off the coast from Cancun. The phrase “Dead Pirates Don’t  Get No Booty” is the unofficially official 2012 motto for Los Piratas. Hacksaw  and I will be promoting our party/pirate gathering at Brethren Con this  fall.
The current t-shirts we have for sale and ready to go are on the  Fabriquewerx site on e-Bay:
Some of my more  esoteric stuff is available as print-on-demand at Zazzle:
For more information about our  annual pirate gatherin and party in Mexico, come see us at Brethren Con or check  our Los Piratas del Caribe Mexicano group page on Facebook:
We would love to see our pirate comrades join us for a sunset sail and  pirate party on the Bahia de Mujeres in the Mexican Caribbean. “Somos Piratas”  means “We Are Pirates” and that is our toast when we sail together.
Vaya con Queso The Reverend Dr Scott
 TGIF! Congratulations again to our winner. See you next week.  ~ Tempest Stormbringer
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Posted by on May 4, 2012 in The Art Show


TftCN: Pirate Arrt Contest: And the winner is…..

TftCN: Twizted Pirate Arrrt Contest: And the winner is…..

Many thanks  to all the pirates who entered our contest.

We have a winner! Congratulations to the Reverend Dr. Scott for his entry  “Dead Pirates Don’t Get No Booty”! Join us next week for our interview with him and a showcase of his work.


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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in The Art Show


TftCN: Twizted Pirate Arrrt Contest -Vote for your favorite

Finalists for the Twizted Pirate Art Contest

Vote for your favorite. The entry with  the most votes will win the Special  Rogue patch and have their art and a short interveiw displayed here. Voting will be open for one week, and the winner announced Next Friday. Good luck to all the entries!



Entry 1

Captain Aramis

Title Of Work: Tempest’s Delight

Leather Pirate Bag




Entry 2

Three Dog (Moonwolfe)

Title of work:Pirate Hat


Entry 3

The Reverend Dr Scott

Title of work: “Dead Pirates Don’t Get No


Description of work: original digital photograph manipulated with Adobe PhotoDeluxe software



Entry 4

Renee’ Spahr

Title of work: Vixen, Queen of the Seven Seas

This is a digital copy of an original oil paint.


Entry 5


Title of work: The Pirate King

This is a digital copy of an original Pencil Sketch.


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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in The Art Show


TftCN: The Twizted Pirate Arrrt Contest 2012

The Twizted Pirate Arrrt Contest 2012

Twiztedsails and The Colorado Rogues will be hosting a pirate art contest online on Facebook and on our Twiztedsails blog.

Send us your original pirate themed art to enter. All works must be your own and pirate themed, but media type and style are your choice. Though we love all kinds of art we ask that the subject matter be kept to the equivalent of a “R” rating at the highest, so  they may  be posted to  Facebook .  LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER ENTRANT.

Who can enter?  You must be a fan of The Colorado Rogues Facebook page or Twiztedsails blog to enter, but need not be a Colorado Rogue.

How do I send in my submission and to where? All submissions must be digitally sent (Jpg, pdf, or bmp) to –   and have name, age, title of artwork,  a short description of the entry (since this is covering several different forms of media we will rely on you to  give us the information of what it was made of and how)  and an email address included. The email address is to contact you to send your prize if you win.

What is the deadline for submissions? We will begin to accept submissions on March 10th  2012 at 6:00 am,  until April 13th 2012 at 11:59 pm.

What do I get if I win? The first place winner will receive a special unique one of a kind Rogues patch, and have their Art ,  Name and a short interview displayed here on Facebook and on the weekly Twiztedsails blog.

Who are the judges? Entries will be judged by a panel of judges and then the top choices will be posted on line for public vote. Please remember if you send us a blurry photo or poor quality image of your AWESOME pirate art it may not compete well so take your  time and send us the best version you can. 🙂


Fan Art

I made a sketch, drawing, painting, or sculpture of Jack Sparrow or other movie pirate, can I enter it? Yes as long as the artwork was done by you and not another artist and it is your original compostion.

I made a pirate quilt, is this eligible for entry? Yes as long as you made it and no one else owns the right of the design. ( if it was made from a template but it was modified by you to make it unique this is also acceptable)

I embellished a pair of jeans with my original pirate artwork, is this eligible for entry? Yes as long as the work was done by you and it is your original work.

Official Rules

1. BINDING AGREEMENT: In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to the Rules. Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prize described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and The Colorado Rogues with respect to the Contest.

2. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter the Contest, an Entrant must: (a) be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. legal resident ((b) be a fan of The Colorado  Rogues Facebook Page, or Twiztedsails WordPress Blog; and (c) have obtained a parent’s or legal guardian’s prior permission  if under the age of 18. Minors who enter must have the written consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to be eligible to receive any prizes, as described in Section 6 of these Rules. Judges of the contest (“Contest Entities”), are ineligible to participate in this Contest.

3. HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, email your entry with a digital version of your art work in .jpg, .pdf, or .bmp format , your name, email address, age,  the title of your artwork and a brief description of your work to The Colorado Rogues is not responsible for illegible or incorrectly submitted entries.

Entries received without a completed information or without a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature (if a minor) will be disqualified.

LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER ENTRANT. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. To be considered for the Contest, entries must be: (i) complete (as determined by The Colorado Rogues); (ii) digitally received by April 13, 2012 by 11:59:59 p.m. (GMT); and (iii) in English (unless otherwise specified). Machine or computer-generated mass entries will be disqualified. Any submission not meeting the aforementioned criteria will be disqualified. The Colorado Rogues accepts no responsibility for submissions lost, delayed, damaged, defaced, or mislaid, howsoever caused. Proof of mailing does not constitute proof of entry. All entries will be deemed made by the Entrant submitted at the time of entry.

4. PIRATE ART SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS. The Pirate Art submission and supporting statement must meet the following criteria (“Pirate Art Submission Requirements”):

(a) They must not be offensive,  defamatory, disparaging, libelous or contain any content that is inappropriate,  profane, tortuous, slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person, or otherwise does not comply with the theme and spirit of the Contest.

(b) They must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulation.

(c) They must not contain any content, material or element that displays any third party logo, trademark or otherwise indicates a sponsorship or endorsement by a third party, commercial entity or that is not within the spirit of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

(d) They must be original, unpublished works that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.

(e) They cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.

(f) The art submission is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim.

(g) The Entrant does not include any disparaging remarks relating to the Sponsor or a third party.

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant who submits a Pirate art submission that does not meet the Requirements. Incomplete entries or entries not complying with these Rules are subject to disqualification

5. JUDGING: Each Pirate art submission will be evaluated and scored based on the following “Criteria”:
(i) artistic merit – drawing skills and use of color;
(ii) creativity and originality – considering the representation of the Contest theme as well as the unique and novel approach to pirate art.
(iii) adherence to the Art Contest Requirements and these Rules. 
(iv) Finalists: The top entries as will then be posted online April 20th 2012 for the Fans to vote for their favorite to decide the winner.

(v) Tie-breaker: In the event of a tie at the public vote level, the judges will reevaluate the tied art submissions according to the Criteria and  make the final decision.

Decisions of the judges are final and binding. If a potential winner is unable for whatever reason to accept his or her prize, then The Colorado Rogues reserves the right to award the prize to another entrant.

Notification of Winners: The winner is subject to validation and verification of eligibility and compliance with all the terms and conditions set forth in these Rules. If a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the Pirate Art submission that received the next highest total score will be chosen as the potential finalist or winner If a potential winner does not respond to the notification attempt within three (3) days from the first notification attempt, then such potential winner may be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected from among all eligible entries received based on the judging Criteria described herein. Except where prohibited by law, each potential state finalist/winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release and provide any additional information that may be required by Sponsor. If required, potential winners must return all such required documents via fax (or as otherwise instructed) within forty-eight (48) hours and via U.S. Mail within seven (7) days following attempted notification or such potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and another potential winner may be selected based on the judging Criteria described herein. In the event the potential winner is a minor, his or her parent or legal guardian must sign the documents and return them as described herein. All notification requirements, as well as other requirements within these Rules, will be strictly enforced. Determinations of Judges are final and binding.

6. PRIZES: The Winner will receive a unique patch sent which will be sent to them at the expense of the Sponser after verification of address has been established. The Winner’s art will be displayed on The Colorado Rogues Facebook page, and the Twiztedsails WordPress blog along with an interview written .

No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for prizes is allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize, in whole or in part, of equal or greater monetary value if a prize cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, as described for any reason. Value is subject to market conditions, which can fluctuate and any difference between actual market value and actual retail value will not be awarded. The prize(s) may be subject to restrictions and/or licenses.

7. GENERAL CONDITIONS: All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. The Colorado Rogues reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant from the Contest if, in The Colorado Rogues’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the Entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants, The Colorado Rogues, or the Judges.

8. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: As between The Colorado Rogues and the Entrant, the Entrant retains ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to the Art Submission (excluding The Colorado Rogues’s rights in the The Colorado Rogues logo/trademark if used). As a condition of entry, Entrant grants The Colorado Rogues a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the Art Submission for any purpose, including display on the The Colorado Rogues website, without any attribution or compensation to Entrant. Entries will not be returned.

9. PRIVACY: Entrants agree that personal data submitted with an entry, including name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by Sponsor, The Colorado Rogues and its affiliates for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest. By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to the transmission, processing, disclosing and storage of this personal data by Sponsor and its affiliates. If an Entrant does not provide the data required at entry, that Entrant’s entry may be ineligible.

10. PUBLICITY. By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to participate in any media or promotional activity resulting from the Contest as reasonably requested by The Colorado Rogues and agree and consent to use of their name and/or likeness by The Colorado Rogues. The Colorado Rogues will contact Entrants in advance of any The Colorado Rogues-sponsored media request for interviews.

The Art submissions may also be used for press and media purposes and Entrant agrees to waive any rights and not assert any intellectual property rights that Entrant has or may have in the Art submissions. The Colorado Rogues reserves the right to publish the name and likeness of the Entrants with the top 50 scores, the Finalists and the Winner on the Contest Site or through other media for publicity purposes.

11. WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Entrants warrant that their Art submissions are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted art submission and that they have the right to submit the Art submissions in the Contest and grant all required licenses. Each Entrant agrees not to submit any Art submissions that: (a) infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade names, industrial designs, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations; or (b) otherwise violates applicable state, federal, or local law.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified Sponsor at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the Entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from: (i) any Art submissions or other material uploaded or otherwise provided by Entrant that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) any misrepresentation made by Entrant in connection with the Contest; (iii) any non-compliance by Entrant with these Rules; (iv) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to Entrant’s involvement with the Contest; (v) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in the Contest; (vi) any malfunction or other problem with the Contest Site in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant; (vii) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of entry or voting information in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant and in the voting process by consumers; or (viii) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant.

12. ELIMINATION. Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by Entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right or non-compliance with these Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the entrant from the Contest.

13. INTERNET AND DISCLAIMER. The Colorado Rogues is not responsible for any malfunction of the entire Contest Site or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed Art submissions or votes due to system errors, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or other telecommunication transmission malfunctions, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, typographical or system/human errors and failures, technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, cable connections, satellite transmissions, servers or providers, or computer equipment, traffic congestion on the Internet or at the Contest Site- Facebook, or any combination thereof, including other telecommunication, cable, digital or satellite malfunctions which may limit Entrant’s/consumer’s ability to participate/vote respectively. The Colorado Rogues is not responsible for the policies, actions, or inactions of others, which might prevent Entrant from entering, participating, and/or claiming a prize in this Contest. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Entrants who violate the rules or interfere with this Contest in any manner. If an Entrant is disqualified, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate that Entrant’s eligibility to participate in the Contest.

14. RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY OR DISQUALIFY. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, The Colorado Rogues reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. The Colorado Rogues further reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Contest or Contest Site. Any attempt by an Entrant to deliberately damage any web site, including the Contest Site, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, The Colorado Rogues reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrant to the fullest extent of the applicable law.


Posted by on March 9, 2012 in The Art Show


TftCN: Twas the Night Before Christmas (Colorado Rogue Style)

As a Christmas present to all of ye, we have a modified version of the Moore/Livingston poem that has endured for generations.  And though there are many variations of the poem we hope you will like our take on it.

Merry Christmas! Happy Yule! Happy Hanukkah! and Happy Holidays to  all! MAD PROPS to Daphne Tart N Sweet  for helping me put this together.  

Twas the Night Before Christmas (Colorado Rogue Style)

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Fleet,
All the ships were in port; On the island they’d meet.
The stockings and mugs hung by the bulkhead with care,
In hopes that St. Nick would bring booty to share.

The treasures were kept safe on the Raging Saint Mae,
Inspiring visions of the Commodore in her fine array.
And I in my cabin, swaying slowly at ease,
Had just started dreaming of a cool island breeze.

When out on the deck there arose a commotion,
I arose from my hammock and looked out at the ocean.
Away from my cabin, I trudged up the ramps,
Out on the deck and lit all the lamps.

The moonlight did shine on our newly sewn sails,
Casting shadows of rigging on hulls and on rails
When what did the view in my spyglass show now?
But St. Nick, on his sleigh, headed straight for our bow

A dark ship behind him with canon alight,
Aimed at poor St. Nick, lending woe to his plight.
I sounded the bell, the captains all came,

The Commodore bellowed and called each by name

 “Now Ogre! Now Jettie! Morgan and Stalkie!
On Devyne, Ohm, Zetsumei, Boutz, me fyne hearties!
Santa needs help and the Fleet will give aid,
We go into battle, now the plan has been laid.

From the top of the crow’s nest, to the top of the mast,
Hoist the colors, full canvas, raise anchor, and fast!”
So into the fray, the Rogues they did steer,
To save poor St. Nick, both his booty and beard.

And then in a thunder, I heard like a growl,
The roar of cannon fire across the port bow.
As I followed my orders and changed the ship’s course,
Over the rail came a ladder, at once clear the source.

He was dressed all in tatters, from his head to his boot,
And his clothes were all shabby from gunpowder and soot.
His suit was once fine and his colors once bold,
But he’d been long in battle and his warmth had grown cold

His sleigh that once rose high over mountains and stones,
Was now in the deep, sinking to Davy Jones
The great sack of gifts that he carried in stride,
Made glittery bubbles as it sank in the tide

We took in this moment and considered this sight,
And decided we pirates would save Christmas Night!

The Blood Eagle fired first as she turned to the bow,
Captain Stalkie stood stalwart hollering, ” NOW!”

The Nautilus fired next and her missile hit home,
Neptune’s revenge exacted by Captain Ohm.
On board the Crimson Storm, tack and sheets flew,
They raced around and up behind the ship with the mutinous crew

Devyne’s crew used brassieres as ingenious slingshots,
firing hot coals from under the Galley’s cook pots
The Sinister came in, Ogre calm at the wheel
With their cannon ablaze, the dark ship did keel

At last the ship that dared to shoot down St. Nicholas’ sleigh
Abruptly turned starboard and ran fast away
At once we all cheered and began to excitedly chatter
St. Nick gave a sigh so I said “What’s the matter?”

He said, “I am most thankful for my life you have saved,
But I fear that fulfilling Christmas wishes is grave,
For you see, I am here, but my sleigh is now gone,
And I have no bag of presents to bring along.”

Zetsumei stepped forward, with a twinkle in her eye,
She said, “All you need is a ship that can fly.”
“You might want these too,” said Fingers, pulling packages out of his coat,
Producing box after box, he began to gloat.

“I got the gifts”, he said, “there is no need to say thanks,
I tried to get the damn bag before it all sank.”
St. Nicks face bore the greatest look of relief,
All thanks to us scallywags and a masterful thief

We loaded the toys on the Koumori with care
With the knowledge that St. Nicholas soon would be there
The ship’s batwings flapped and rose into the night
And we heard Merry Christmas to all! Yo-Ho-Ho and good night!

By Daphne Tart n Sweet  &  Tempest Stormbringer

© 2011 Belinda Turner and Melissa Carleo

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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in The Art Show


TftCN :The Art Show–The Crimson Storm, By Requiem Shadowhawk


The Colorado Rouges are a group of many talented members who have a vast array of talents. From writing, to leather work, to photography, to costume design… etc. In the artist corner, known as The Art Show, we would like to showcase some of those talents and share them with you.   Today we have a poem from Requiem Shadowhawk a member of The Crimson Storm ship. The poem is entitled “The Crimson Storm”. 

Earlier today I  had the opportunity to  interview Requiem for this article. Below is the interview.


Tempest: Is writing your only creative outlet?

Requiem: Writing is not my only creative outlet, it’s simply the only outlet that is unique. I also sing, but never anything original.

Tempest: Do you prefer poetry or short stories?
Requiem: Yes, I prefer poetry to short stories, when I am the one writing. I have a few short stories that I’ve written, but I rarely like my fiction well enough to let other people read it, whereas my poetry is available to anyone who wants to read it.

Tempest: What made you interested in doing creative writing?

Requiem: I honestly don’t remember what got me interested in creative writing. I started writing poetry (mostly haiku) when I was young – 12 or 13 years old. I started writing longer pieces during my Freshman year of high school. I actually taught the poetry segment of my English class my Junior year of high school because, by that time, I had been published twice and actually knew more about the various forms of poetry than our teacher did. I know that event spurred me to write more, but can’t say that’s what got me into writing.

Tempest: What form of poetry do you like to write in the best? Haiku? Tanka? Limerick? Odes? etc

Requiem: I don’t have a form when I write anymore. I’ve written haiku, limericks, odes, sonnets, acrostic, found poetry (which I think is fun, but don’t do often – take words and phrases off of things like posters, soda bottles, fliers, etc. and try to make a poem using only those words or phrases). I’ve written in iambic pentameter, quatrains, rhyming couplets. I’ve written poems where the first line only has one syllable, the second line has two syllables, etc. But I dislike all of that. Take sonnets, for example – 14 lines, with 10 syllables each, and in iambic pentameter (one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable – one TWO three FOUR five SIX seven EIGHT nine TEN), with a set rhyme scheme. That’s too many rules for me to conform to when I write. I like my poetry to flow, not sound forced. I also rarely rhyme, at least not intentionally. Rhyming to me almost always sounds forced. So, I guess the real answer to the question of what form I prefer to write in is, in a word, “Mine.”
Tempest: What is your favorite piece that you have created?

Requiem: My favorite piece I have ever created can never be published. I’ve also never read it the same way twice. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try. When I was in college, one of my professors was talking about a literary device called “deconstructionism.” It’s basically describing something by saying what it’s not. An example: If I wanted to use deconstruction to say that Tempest Stormbringer is a cheery person, I would say “Tempest is a person who never has a frown on her face.” Sounds simple enough, right? Well, the poem that I wrote, I have words crossed out, I wrote over phrases in different colours to show myself where to place emphasis, or where to pause when reading aloud. I’ve scribbled footnotes inbetween lines. Every time I read it, the words that are crossed out get described differently. An example from the poem: I have a line that is “This is [scribbled over]not[/scribbled over] a poem for them (with a bold X drawn over the letter “m”) colour-blind (with a single line through “colour”). I would read that line out loud as “This is a poem, but it is not a poem for them – the colour-blind people who don’t know they are blind.” The whole of the poem is like that. It’s more a dynamic outline for spoken word than something to be read.

Tempest: The Poem The Crimson Storm, was written as a request for Shamus (another crew member of your ship) but where do you usually find your inspiration for your writing?

Requiem: My inspiration comes from everywhere. I habitually ask people for a word, or an emotion, or an image, and my pen moves itself until I have a finished work using that input. I also do things like sit at Bill Cody’s grave on the top of Lookout Mountain at night, and stare out over the lights of the city and write about the first thought that comes to mind. I get my muse when I’m sitting in a coffee house watching other people interact. Creativity, for me, is everywhere, waiting for me to catch it, tame it, and set it free on the world.


And Now The Crimson Storm, We hope you like it.

 “The Crimson Storm”

by Requiem Shadowhawk

Thunder roars from our cannon fire

Hearty grins decorate our faces

Enemies flee from the sight of our flag

Crimson seadogs, one and all

Rising up to heed the Captain’s call

In his ears, rings of gold

Morgan’s laughter calls out to the bold

Sailors and scoundrels that make up his crew

Onward we sail, taming the stormy night

Never plotting a course unless gold is in sight

Sinking all who would stop us

The Barbary Coast our only shore home

Only for cries of war or of gold

Rally this band of cunning pirates

May you never deserve our Captain’s fury!

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in The Art Show