Raphael secretly desired the piratical life
(Even knowing it'd bring him nothing but strife)
Then he met some real corsairs
Learned that pirates got nowhere
And was better off for the rest of his life.
(This is one of Calista's favorites of our books, so you may want to read it yourself. Not pictured in the limerick but in the book: the last of the dodos. It's like Howard Waldrop, but completely different.)