Maiden Voyage


Fifty-two tons, one of the unsinkable ones

The proud flag ship of the White Star Line

With Captain Smith true and a seasoned crew

Left Queenstown for the New York skyline


But the captain didn’t know that the fires below

Were more than the common occurrence

The hull became frail in the miles they sailed

In the end, that would make all the difference


The lookouts worked hard, the only light stars

On a night that was cold and forbidding

But they did not see the iceberg set free

Hidden beneath still seas unforgiving


Then it was too late to avoid their fate

As ghostly ice gouged the hull wide and deep

The stokers knew first, as steel bulkheads burst

They were headed to an eternal sleep


The tragic fail, lifeboats hung at the rail

Hoped salvation that could not be lowered

And as water rushed in, raising panic and din

The North Sea came for what was owed her


What sealed their fate, how light scintillates

As scared signalman flashes passing ship

Distant twinkling light on such a starry night

Not seen as beyond horizon they slipped


The sea it is said, never gives up her dead

Tragic souls are gathered like plunder

But in the demise, saved spirits do rise

As the behemoth slowly slips under


There below the waves, the ones left unsaved

As what they said could never happen did

An icy deep shrine, forgotten to time

Where all the mariner’s failures stay hid


15 Responses to “Maiden Voyage”
  1. beth says:

    beautifully said, and incredibly tragic. I went to see the titanic museum where it was built in Ireland, and it was powerfully moving

  2. Oh, Brad, you touched my heart. So beautifully written.

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Wow! Beautiful Brad, like a song to the proud, unsinkable Titanic…

  4. Jim Borden says:

    what a terrible way to have your life end; yet your words somehow soften the blow…

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Wow! You nailed this one, Brad! What a dangerous time to travel compared to modern ships.

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Wow, this is an amazing tribute to the people and the sailors. Beautifully descriptive and such lovely form and rhythmic tone. It makes me want to watch the titanic movie which I haven’t seen forever. Sending you my love, ❤️❤️🤗Jonikins

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