Valerie Dohren

Gold Star - 7,050 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

Titanic - Poem by Valerie Dohren

100th Anniversary Poem

(Considered to be the greatest maritime
disaster of all time - 14/15 April 1912)

Fair maiden of the ocean deep (1)
This mighty vessel lost to sleep
A jewel `neath a moonless sky
`Twas fate that she so soon would die

Against the ice her doom was sealed (2)
Just ten percent of it revealed
As close against its buried side
With grace and dignity to glide

The greater part was hid below (3)
For so it be with frozen snow -
A jagg`ed fortress `neath the sea
A dark, unseen catastrophe

Her belly slashed, then set to die, (4)
(Upon the ocean bed to lie) -
Into her hull the ocean gushed
People and objects swirled and crushed

But no-one listened to her cries (5)
Nor even to her calls did rise
And none aknowledged all her flares
Nor sought to answer all her prayers

Two hours and forty minutes passed (6)
With all her charges holding fast
Just twenty lifeboats, not yet filled,
(And fifteen hundred hearts were stilled)

Water seeping into her heart (7)
Tearing her very soul apart
Invincible of White Star Line
She lurched, she groaned, with severed spine

O`er time a saviour ship arrived (8)
To aid the ones who had survived
To take them thus into her care
A ship of safety anchored there

But in the darkness of the night (9)
In ice-cold waters void of light
Bounced scattered souls upon the waves
Descending to their watery graves

Then all the while, when hope was gone, (10)
In calm repose the band played on -
`Nearer My God To Thee, ` they think,
As, with grace, she started to sink

One hundred years her memory (11)
Still lingers `neath the raging sea
Within the hearts of all bereft
Of those whose lives have long since left

They said that sink she never could (12)
But oh, dear God, she surely would!
Invincible of White Star Line
She lurched, she groaned, with severed spine

And though one century has passed
Lost souls in memories are cast
Their eyes as stars in heaven dwell
Reflected in the ocean`s swell

With tales of life and secrets kept
Of those who loved and those who wept
Your stories you will never tell
Farewell, my friends, farewell, farewell...

The sun upon the shimm`ring sea
Will ever your companion be


Verse 1:
10 April 1912 - depart Southampton bound for
New York - North Atlantic crossing.

Verse 2:
14 April 1912 at 11: 40 am she hit an iceberg -
she was travelling too fast and had taken a
more northerly route than was appropriate for
that time of year.

Verse 3:
The iceberg lay just 1000 yards ahead but was
not seen due to it being a moonless night.

Verse 4:
She was hit starboard bow - many assumed it
was just a glancing blow which she had

Verse 5:
The crew of The Californian went to bed as it
was thought that she was having a party.

Verse 6:
She held only 20 lifeboats instead of the 64
which she was designed to carry - just one-
third of her capacity, and these were not

Verse 7:
Five compartments were flooded (only four and
she would have survived) , and just before
2-20 am on 15 April she broke up as she sank.

Verse 8:
RMS Carpathian responded to her cries for
help and proceeded to rescue lifeboat

Verse 9:
1500 lives were lost, of which 53 were
children: 52 third class, but just one
first class! Two dogs were saved.

Verse 10:
As they did on deck - all members of the
band were lost, and subsequently were
regarded as heroes.

Verse 11:
1912-2012: 100th Anniversary Poem.

Verse 12:
Captain Edward John Smith went down with
his ship - his body was never recovered.

Comments about Titanic by Valerie Dohren

  • (12/22/2012 10:11:00 AM)

    What a wonderful way to tell this story; you have me spellbound. Amazing. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/28/2012 1:22:00 AM)

    You pieced together a perfect image in your wonderful poem.
    This is just more proof of your brilliant talent.
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  • Vincent Kuo (5/17/2012 6:37:00 AM)

    Absolutely astonishing poem. I am completely absorbed! Thank you so much! (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris (5/16/2012 4:50:00 PM)

    Dear Madam, I admire your style greatly. I have read some of your poems, But surely this ranks above all. This could easilly be considered someday as the greatest poem ever written. This is verse becoming alive. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva Portoian (5/14/2012 8:47:00 AM)

    Your poem about Titanic...
    Should enter Poetic Land...
    Like Rumi’s...and many others…you admire and praise...
    I always wanted poeting...about Titanic...
    But we had worst man-made tragedy than that
    We lost 1.5 million innocent lives...
    During the same dates (1894-1923)
    Those who never killed a bird...
    Including my grandfather and his kin...peers...and more

    We lost not only lives...
    Lands, gold, bank accounts, Churches,
    Fortresses, which belonged to us before Christ
    We were tortured...cursed...
    Still continues without any help
    No race had what we had
    Still our genocide not recognized…Yet
    By people who think have a deep ‘Christian Faith’...!
    Still 2 million Armenians are 'Turkified'
    (Lost their Faiths, cultures, name…surnames…! ! !)
    In their Armenian Highland (Anatolia)
    And are unable to open their mouths...!
    We are discovering day by day through the Internets…!

    Written instantly
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2012 2:08:00 PM)

    The Two of us together have a terrific history lesson. LOL Very nice.
    Carolyn Ford Witt
    of Titanic's demise
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  • (5/4/2012 8:35:00 PM)

    Oh my. Lovely. A beautiful poem for a very sad occasion. Great job, Val. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (4/26/2012 11:58:00 AM)

    Excellent work! Looking forward to reading more of your poems! (Report) Reply

  • William F Dougherty (4/24/2012 2:13:00 PM)

    Yeoman work with unflinching enterprise. Continues the tradition found in Thomas Hardy's famous poem
    The Convergence of the Twain. drb
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  • Juan Olivarez (4/22/2012 7:04:00 PM)

    very well researched and written. My father was born the year it sank. (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2012 7:24:00 AM)

    This is a fine and intricate commemorative verse and definitely enhanced by the notation. Great work and a genuinely respectful tribute. (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2012 2:14:00 PM)

    What more can I say that other poets haven't already, but what a fantastic poem Val. All your research was well worth it because it is really an epic piece of work.All I can say is please continue sending in your work Val as you are without doubt a talented poet and writer. (Report) Reply

  • Sharad Juneja (4/18/2012 5:19:00 AM)

    another spellbinding work............. hats off to u (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2012 1:08:00 PM)

    An epic poem; You have managed to portray more of a vivid picture through your words than the new 3-D version on the silver screen. Much time and energy must have been spent on this one, nicely done Valerie...... (Report) Reply

  • Robert Green (4/16/2012 3:18:00 PM)

    Your artistry with words know no bounds Val another well thought through poem. (Report) Reply

  • (4/15/2012 2:36:00 PM)

    Very enjoyable poem. I liked your explanation of the verses, backed up with their history. (Report) Reply

  • Doug Bentley (4/15/2012 12:40:00 AM)

    i think you've anchored the legend to this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (4/14/2012 5:58:00 AM)

    A truly fantastic poem, and a fantastic tribute.
    Very well written. A truly amazing write.
    (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (4/14/2012 5:21:00 AM)

    You bravely tackled a very famous event Val, and you definitely were not sunk by it, but triumphed brilliantly! ! 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (4/14/2012 5:13:00 AM)

    Oh, Val, that really was The BIg One, what a write, what work, what effort, I can`t even begin to think how long that took you to research and write, A wonderful piece, so sad , I`m sure we will all shed a tear today reading it,
    Just thank you is all I have left to say.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, September 28, 2012

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