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Titanic

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Titanic

Cocooned in orange plush, obscenely safe,
in false cinematic twilight,
light leaping out of nowhere,
dizzying the frozen yet titillated onlooker.
The popcorn-crunching crowd have eaten myth.

Beached siren,
your seaweed ropes -
drowned umbilicals -
attach you to the seabed's vast placenta.
Your rusticles drape you like a sleeping shroud.

The knife-edge of your bow; the knife plunged into mud.
A spherical light fixture sprouts a sea pen,
snaky-fingered: a poignant Medusa.
A high-button shoe rests close by.
White ocean crockery, ghost porcelain -

appurtenances of a sunken pelagian people.
Your silt bed, more than two miles below,
private even now,
refuses to yield its virgin treasure still.
A valedictory message, torn from a pocket calendar,

forced into a cold clasping hand -
a desperate flutter of paper.
Strobe, a marine rapist, raking the ocean floor;
invasion of the depths below.
Your one-way virgin voyage, inescapable.

The night was a still pool of indigo.
The berg glided silently by,
lethal as a shark's fin, with terrible finality.
The pinprick stars - flowers of light -
averted their eyes respectfully.

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  1. Date: 2/23/2014 10:08:00 PM
    Love the titanic and your vision of her expressed with such passion great job here about a grand lady gone down, i also wrote one about her majestic beauty, loved it alot. cheri

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Wow Charlotte , a beautiful write . Sweet words for a ship worth a million coins ! Hope these comments are filling your inbox too : ) :p xoxo~Saanvi

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 11:21:00 AM
    I too enjoyed this a lot....awesome poem....

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 4:01:00 PM
    It's almost as if your were there during the entire event and the aftermath Charlotte...'Obscenely safe' captures the arrogance of it all perfectly and I love the last verse where the stars 'averted their eyes respectfully' You have mail...

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 9:17:00 AM
    There's a reply to your soup mail.

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 10:24:00 AM
    truly, the mood of the seat is captured and contained beautifully within these lines, charlotte.... extraordinary!..:)

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 9:55:00 AM
    Wow, Charlotte! You've got a winner here. I second Drake's comment, Incredibly powerful and two my faves! Love and blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 9:44:00 AM
    Incredibly powerful! Fierce structure & atmosphere. Your perspective on this topic matter cut deep. Fantastic job.

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 8:53:00 AM
    Excellent heart of the sea adorned with very deeply. Good luck in the contest. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 10/13/2013 7:54:00 PM
    I agree completely with Charmain. It's great to see new writing. I sent you a soup mail... Jack

  1. Date: 10/13/2013 5:25:00 PM
    This is an amazing poem..I loved each verse especially the last stanza..Excellent!!!!