A Pirate Needs the Sight of the Sea

I’m always fascinated by a writer’s ability to say so much with so few words. The following quote from Brian Andreas gives me several moments of contemplative pause every time I run across it. On the one hand it reveals childlike wonder, and on the other it reveals something deeper about humanity and adventure.

There was a single blue line of crayon drawn across every wall in the house. What does it mean? I asked. A pirate needs the sight of the sea, he said and then he pulled his eye patch down and turned and sailed away.

—Brian Andreas, Story People


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