Karen BryceWerder


The Winston Churchill - Poem by Karen BryceWerder

The night was black,
The sea was green,
The moon hung shimmering in-between,
The dark green depths threw back the light,
Reflected off great sails of white.

The ship it pranced, and strained and danced,
Across the crest of waves it lanced,
Unchecked by figures true and straight,
A line along the side of fate.

A thunderbolt, a greedy sky, darkened by an ancient sigh
of sailors past, whose souls were lost
They called - the wind echoed, the ship came round,
She shuddered through great hills of foam,
Bucked and plummeted to depths unknown,
Twisted and turned to rid the load
of sea and man, and wind and goal,
Screamed through timbers and staining frame,
Cursed and bridled she rolled in pain.

A mother's moan for child at sea,
whispered through knowing, rose softly,
with other souls, two lost and then three.

Tossed and shivering the sails lay still,
on dark mountains moving with the will,
of forces more powerful - of nature's kill.

Topic(s) of this poem: tragedy

Form: Ballad


Poet's Notes about The Poem

n remembrance of the yachts lost in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race. The Winston Churchill lost three men, drowned, on 28 Dec 1998. Overall six sailors died. I have no connection with the race or people connected with it, but like a lot of Australians I followed the race, and was so moved by the tragedy I sat down and wrote this a year later. My one and only poem!

Comments about The Winston Churchill by Karen BryceWerder

  • Chinedu Dike (3/22/2015 5:01:00 PM)


    A tale of tragedy, well articulated, nice encapsulated and subtly penned. The poem reminded me of wreckage of THE TITANIC. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (3/21/2015 9:57:00 PM)


    Your one and only one poem is heart touching. Please keep writing...................10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 21, 2015



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