Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

We Two Ships

 

 

We Two Ships

This poem was inspired by the 1989 movie, "The War of the Roses,"

starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner


My heart
beats heavy
with Winter
and melancholia,

 

as I envisage
how we two ships,
under a crescent moon,
once moved in sleek beauty
on placid swells,
but now pass stubbornly,
almost defiantly,
on raging, murky waters.

 

We lived,
you the Titanic
and I the Andrea Doria,
doomed from the beginning,
catastrophic at the end,
to gulp one last
histrionic breath.

 

Yet, in that final
ebb and neap,
we knew our song
would be swallowed
by the sea,
our wreckage hurled
into its blackness,
and our ghosts;
prisoners locked in iron,
would become its treasures.

Comments6

  • Michael Edwards

    Great structure and well written - I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

    • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

      Thanks for reading and commenting Michael. Have you seen the movie? It was great, especially the last frame.

      Michael, if you haven't seen it there is a preview on Youtube, video.

      Make sure you choose the HD version listed below.

      war-of-the-roses-trailer 2 (HD - Best Quality)

      https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=War+of+the+Roses%2c+Kathleen+Turner%2c+Michael+Douglas&&view=detail&mid=9BB4C2C9CAC9E460FFC69BB4C2C9CAC9E460FFC6&&FORM=VRDGAR

      Best,

    • Laura

      Tamara,

      Awesome poem inspired by one of my favorite movies and actors!
      What made it even more interesting was using the Andrea Doria metaphor. My parents were on that ship before its last voyage! Fate had a say in their lives!
      I enjoyed the read very much! Thank you for sharing your talents!

      ~Laura~

      • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

        I loved that movie Laura, especially the last frame. Michael and Kathleen were great together.

        Wow! Your parents were very lucky they weren't on that last voyage. Do you recall what they said when the Andrea Doria went down?

        Thanks for reading and offering a comment on the poem. I certainly appreciate your input. :-)

      • orchidee

        A fine write Tamara.
        Erm, I was around long ago. They wanted a singer on a ship. They said 'We'll put you on the Titanic'. Doh! Why they try to get rid of me singing? heehee.

        • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

          You're too funny, orchidee. Good thing you turned down that job or you would have been one of my treasures locked in iron that I referenced in the poem. The stores are packed today with everyone buying their holiday turkeys. Thanksgiving is Thursday.

          Thanks for reading and replying. :-)

        • Goldfinch60

          Very good write, I have just looke at the trailer and can see where the poem comes from, I will now have to see the film.

          • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

            Thank you. If you are unable to see the film somewhere, buying the DVD is well worth it. That is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

          • Fay Slimm.

            A compelling read Tamara - you capture the tragic ends so vividly in this poetic account of two ships - -
            - - that movie's actors were just right in their roles. Thanks for sharing.

            • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

              Fay, thank you for your feedback. Do you remember the ending? Did you notice the hand on the image of this poetry read? Wish there were two hands. :-)

            • Neville

              a well crafted poem without a shadow of a doubt & held me fast from stem to stern..... Neville

              • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

                Thank you, Neville. You would appreciate it more if you checked out the Youtube trailer (the one that includes HD) of "The War of the Roses," starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

                I appreciate your input.

                • Neville

                  okay



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