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Titanic - Poem by Valerie Dohren

100th Anniversary Poem

(Considered to be the greatest maritime
disaster of all time - 14/15 April 1912)

Fair maiden of the ocean deep (1)
This mighty vessel lost to sleep
A jewel `neath a moonless sky
`Twas fate that she so soon would die

Against the ice her doom was sealed (2)
Just ten percent of it revealed
As close against its buried side
With grace and dignity to glide

The greater part was hid below (3)
For so it be with frozen snow -
A jagg`ed fortress `neath the sea
A dark, unseen catastrophe

Her belly slashed, then set to die, (4)
(Upon the ocean bed to lie) -
Into her hull the ocean gushed
People and objects swirled and crushed

But no-one listened to her cries (5)
Nor even to her calls did rise
And none aknowledged all her flares
Nor sought to answer all her prayers

Two hours and forty minutes passed (6)
With all her charges holding fast
Just twenty lifeboats, not yet filled,
(And fifteen hundred hearts were stilled)

Water seeping into her heart (7)
Tearing her very soul apart
Invincible of White Star Line
She lurched, she groaned, with severed spine

O`er time a saviour ship arrived (8)
To aid the ones who had survived
To take them thus into her care
A ship of safety anchored there

But in the darkness of the night (9)
In ice-cold waters void of light
Bounced scattered souls upon the waves
Descending to their watery graves

Then all the while, when hope was gone, (10)
In calm repose the band played on -
`Nearer My God To Thee, ` they think,
As, with grace, she started to sink

One hundred years her memory (11)
Still lingers `neath the raging sea
Within the hearts of all bereft
Of those whose lives have long since left

They said that sink she never could (12)
But oh, dear God, she surely would!
Invincible of White Star Line
She lurched, she groaned, with severed spine

And though one century has passed
Lost souls in memories are cast
Their eyes as stars in heaven dwell
Reflected in the ocean`s swell

With tales of life and secrets kept
Of those who loved and those who wept
Your stories you will never tell
Farewell, my friends, farewell, farewell...

The sun upon the shimm`ring sea
Will ever your companion be


Verse 1:
10 April 1912 - depart Southampton bound for
New York - North Atlantic crossing.

Verse 2:
14 April 1912 at 11: 40 am she hit an iceberg -
she was travelling too fast and had taken a
more northerly route than was appropriate for
that time of year.

Verse 3:
The iceberg lay just 1000 yards ahead but was
not seen due to it being a moonless night.

Verse 4:
She was hit starboard bow - many assumed it
was just a glancing blow which she had

Verse 5:
The crew of The Californian went to bed as it
was thought that she was having a party.

Verse 6:
She held only 20 lifeboats instead of the 64
which she was designed to carry - just one-
third of her capacity, and these were not

Verse 7:
Five compartments were flooded (only four and
she would have survived) , and just before
2-20 am on 15 April she broke up as she sank.

Verse 8:
RMS Carpathian responded to her cries for
help and proceeded to rescue lifeboat

Verse 9:
1500 lives were lost, of which 53 were
children: 52 third class, but just one
first class! Two dogs were saved.

Verse 10:
As they did on deck - all members of the
band were lost, and subsequently were
regarded as heroes.

Verse 11:
1912-2012: 100th Anniversary Poem.

Verse 12:
Captain Edward John Smith went down with
his ship - his body was never recovered.

Comments about Titanic by Valerie Dohren

  • Silver Star - 3,941 Points Smoky Hoss (12/22/2012 10:11:00 AM)

    What a wonderful way to tell this story; you have me spellbound. Amazing. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 112 Points Robert Beck (10/28/2012 1:22:00 AM)

    You pieced together a perfect image in your wonderful poem.
    This is just more proof of your brilliant talent. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 29,942 Points * Sunprincess * (10/5/2012 8:24:00 PM)

    oh Val my heart went out to the captain and the victims,
    what a tragedy..yes what a special tribute this is, you are
    amazing.. :) (Report) Reply

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Poems About April

  1. 51. Titanic , Valerie Dohren
  2. 52. The Rose Of Midnight , Vachel Lindsay
  3. 53. Sheep And Lambs , Katharine Tynan
  4. 54. The Battle Of Lexington , Sidney Lanier
  5. 55. Under My Tree-Roof , Matsuo Basho
  6. 56. April, Dear April , Mark R Slaughter
  7. 57. * * * Sweet Tea , Tsira Gogeshvili
  8. 58. Choice , Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  9. 59. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  10. 60. Illicit , Conrad Potter Aiken
  11. 61. ~april Fool~ , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  12. 62. April , Remy Belleau
  13. 63. Carol , Anonymous
  14. 64. A Year's Courtship , Henry Timrod
  15. 65. April , Hans Christian Andersen
  16. 66. May The Limner , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. 67. April Showers , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  18. 68. An April Fool , Alfred Austin
  19. 69. The Battle Of Culloden , William Topaz McGonagall
  20. 70. The Door Of Humility , Alfred Austin
  21. 71. Spectral Lovers , John Crowe Ransom
  22. 72. March: An Ode , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  23. 73. Northern Haiku , Michael Shepherd
  24. 74. An April Love , Alfred Austin
  25. 75. Sonnet Liv. , Charlotte Smith
  26. 76. April , John Crowe Ransom
  27. 77. The House Of Dust: Part 03: 04: Illicit , Conrad Potter Aiken
  28. 78. Vigo County , Etheridge Knight
  29. 79. Young William And Young April , GREENWOLFE 1962
  30. 80. An April Fool Of Long Ago , Jean Blewett
  31. 81. All On An April Morning , Jean Blewett
  32. 82. I Can'T Tell You—but You Feel It , Emily Dickinson
  33. 83. April Treason , John Crowe Ransom
  34. 84. Carol , Anonymous Olde English
  35. 85. The Loving Shepherdess , Robinson Jeffers
  36. 86. ! Song Of April! , Rema Prasanaa
  37. 87. An Australian Paean—1876 , Marcus Clarke
  38. 88. April Love , Ency Bearis
  39. 89. April , Ernestine Northover
  40. 90. (058) April Notes , premji premji
  41. 91. Hymn To Life , James Marcus Schuyler
  42. 92. Spring Song , Bliss William Carman
  43. 93. Lines Suggested By The Graves Of Two Eng.. , James Russell Lowell
  44. 94. April, March! Soldiers Search For Hunger.. , Harindhar Reddy
  45. 95. #7 Haiku Gathering Nectar, Bees Sing , A Poet Who Loves To Sing ... ..
  46. 96. April's Away. , Fay Slimm
  47. 97. ! April! , Rema Prasanaa
  48. 98. Being Frank , Ivan Donn Carswell
  49. 99. * Torturous , Margaret Alice Second
  50. 100. The Last Word , Sir Henry Newbolt
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