Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Cry of, "Women and Children First"

This Sestina was inspired by the Titanic and an essay I wrote on the topic.

His ship, the Steward steps out, brave,

Largest and finest disarrayed: with Men

Slowly sinking. While barking orders He,

The pleading continues,

“Women and Children First”

Men spring into action at this: the faithful cry


Lowering into a freezing nightmare, he cries.

Women clinging to their children; brave

Goodbye kisses and empty promises, first,

From the husband sealing his fate-manly,

“Women and Children First,” continued,

In a rhythmic tone of honorable duty, to He.


The titanic is sinking: realizes he

Real men, the distressingly young upholding the cry

The old, working tirelessly-continued

By Real men: Brave

Boys, fathers and brothers: Men

Crying, “Women and Children First.”


The ticked to a lifeboat sees he first:

There, stalking around the corner; he

This guilt trip from death to death began. A man?

He this child, scooped up crying.

This the coward quite UN-brave

Ignoring “Women and Children First,” continued.


What? Where have they gone? The cry, not continued?

Those valued the weaker vessel first?

Who, with no second thought, braved

“Women and Children First?” He,

The young boy who would die to save his sister’s cry.

Do they now step down? The real men


Lifeboats gone; As the steward sinks: a man

To icy death, with shipmates, passengers; continue

Rich, poor; young, old; Real men crying:

“Women and Children First.”

Defined this night realizes he,

True Bravery.


Comrades slowly freezing; They, brave, durst

The modern man; lest continuing, forget he

The cry of, “Women and Children First”


I can't remember if I already posted this. If I did, I apologize. :)