Paul Warren

Gold Star - 61,831 Points (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

War - Ww1 - Ae 1 The Lost Australian Submarine - Poem by Paul Warren

They went to Rabaul to take the German radio out
With an Australian force to stop German cruisers sailing about
From their China Station to stop Allied ships plying their trade
One day AE1 left the harbour for patrols to be made
And disappeared where no contact was ever had
Only the report of islander people who saw a devil fish quite mad

For one hundred years their families have not known
And for all of this time their sadness has grown
Now the RAN will search again for our Great War submarine
Setting their side sonar for underwater information to glean
And finally give them back to their families who have felt the lost
Of each sailor our nation now continues to count the Great War cost..

© Paul Warren Poetry

Topic(s) of this poem: war

Form: Prose Poem


Poet's Notes about The Poem

AE1 Australia's first submarine was lost with all hands in 1914 off Rabaul. It left the harbour and was never seen again.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 14, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 1, 2017


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