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


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

    tragically sad and beautifully written

  2. Only a well-seasoned poet could take such a deep and melancholy topic and render it to be something of beauty! Well done, dear brother, well done!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Only you could find the beauty in tragedy. This is top shelf poetry, my dear!! ❤❤

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    THE most beautiful poem written about the Titanic. I’m a bit obsessed over her. We have a beautiful and profound museum near me in Branson. I have a story about my Grandmother and her birth one month after the Titanic sank. I won’t that up space here in your comments, but know it’s beautiful. You’re so gifted, Brad! 💕🙌🏻

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m only familiar with what I’ve read, but we’ve been lulled into a false sense of security more than once.

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a beautifully written piece Brad. You paint an amazing canvas of a story told many times but you put fresh eyes on us all for sure. Lovely, Big hugs, Jonikins

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