From the passenger deck the family waved
excitedly to their relatives
tears flowing on the dockside far below
their journey about to begin
a hard decision leaving so many behind
already for them pined.
Before long pulled away the course was set
the old country disappeared
soon over the horizon and picking up speed
as the temperature dropped
heading towards the freezing north Atlantic
aboard the luxury liner Titanic!
The parents full of optimism for their futures
an adventure set in motion
like hundreds aboard this magnificent ship
beginning its maiden voyage
but as life often is an unpredictable gamble
not always a pleasant amble.
While trying to settle their excited children
for at least a few hours sleep
high above upon an observation platform
lookouts through binoculars
saw large icebergs as they passed at speed
not slowing onward did proceed!
Unaware of any risks passengers were relaxed
happy and confident it was safe
being told the ship was an unsinkable vessel
and their destination guaranteed!
suddenly there was a slight judder from below
a vibration that began to grow.
The clock on the wall in the upper deck cabin
clearly read twenty-three forty
their instincts told them something was wrong
a frantic knock on the door
and a stewards cry get to your lifeboat station
giving no further explanation!
A child each grasped tightly in their aching arms
found themselves in the crush
of panic-stricken passengers equally confused
scrabbling to reach the lifeboats
only to discover not enough had been provided
and families were divided!
Women and children the priority caused mayhem
fathers were left on the decks
elderly couples not wanting to be separated stayed
some single men tried to get in
being launched half full others tipped up in the sea
many jumped into to be free!
As it sank no rescue ships were within the vicinity
the happy couple were parted
the two children cried as they were being lowered
down onto the cruel icy sea
now it was their own father staring with a disbelief
waving trying to hide his grief!
Mother and children eventually were rescued
and reached their destination
but returned home their dream now shattered
never to see their father again
nor a young wife to see here beloved husband
without him now they would stand!
The Foureyed Poet.