Lynn W. Petty
A Glint Of Gold - Poem by Lynn W. Petty
Manila Bay, Philippines 1944.
'Object in the water dead
Ahead, Sir, ' came the bow-watch
'Right rudder one degree.'
'Right rudder one degree, aye, Sir.'
'Stop all engines.'
'All engines stopped, Captain.'
By momentum, we glided
Past the object to our portside.
Dressed in navy dungarees,
His torn body drifted by.
I had seen death before.
I gave little wonder
Until, between the fish feeding
On his flesh,
I saw a glint of gold
Reflecting from his wedding
'All engines ahead two.'
'All engines ahead two, aye, Sir.'
I wonder now,
Does she still wonder
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