A tot of rum

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The Royal Navy’s
daily ration:
one pint of rum –
a lot in a tot.

When watered down with lime
by Admiral Vernon
sailors indignantly
labelled the mixture Grog!

I drink Pusser’s
single measure,
within guidelines,
and I quiver,

as I raise my glass
to those protectors
of yesterday’s seas,
and their embalmed livers!

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