The wreck

The Lonely Lady moved with stately stature
unrelenting against the unforgiving sea
valiantly weathering wuthering waves
under the cataclysmic colour of night

the gales of November battered it from all sides
yet it battled on, refusing to be swept away
the waves broke over the railing
the derricks, the anchor; all were creaking

with a grim look on his face and his hand on the helm
for hours the captain remained rock steady
he had faced the inclement seas earlier too
but never seen it turn fifty shades of grey

but the hurricane did not tire of whistling endlessly
it whined and moaned, singing a dirge
then one last time the wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
with one last hiccup, under the Cherry Moon, the Lonely Lady went down.

Written for dVerse poetics. Today’s host, Lillian, has given us a list movies that were awarded Razzies and asked us to include atleast one title in our poem. Here’s the list.

Shining Through (1982)
The Lonely Lady (1983)
Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
Cocktail (1988)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Color of Night (1994)
Showgirls (1995)
The Postman (1997)
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Swept Away (2002)
Catwoman (2004)
I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

The words in bold are the titles I have incorporated.

I was listening to The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald, when I sat down to write this poem. The words in italics are from the song and my tribute to my favourite artist, Gordon Lightfoot.


71 thoughts on “The wreck

  1. Nooooo…. I want the Lonely Lady to stand tall … At least in poems and stories.
    The ghalib couplet comes to mind .
    ‘hum ko maloom hai jannat ki haqeeqat lekin…… Dil ke khush rakhne ko..
    U know the rest πŸ™‚

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  2. I enjoyed the telling of this tale. I live on one of the Great Lakes where many ships have met their demise. I have to say that was a refreshing way to use “fifty shades of grey”.

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    1. Oh wow, Mish, I didn’t know that! My husband is a sailor and he says sailing through the Great Lakes is an unmatchable experience. Yes, too many shipwrecks there.
      Thank you so much.


  3. Doubly well done, Punam, for incorporating not only the film titles but also lyrics from the song. I love the way you played with words and created sound in this poem, especially the β€˜weathering wuthering waves’, β€˜battered it from all sides / yet it battled on’ and β€˜the wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound’.

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  4. Brilliant!!! The turbulence is felt through and at the sinking a kind of out breath.
    You drew us readers in.


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  5. You did a fantastic job weaving the song lyrics and movie titles together. Funny, I have been listening to Gordon Lightfoot recently. I saw another blogger post one of his videos and the bug was planted in my ear.

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  6. A wonderful tale of the sea Punam, it draws one in and does not disappoint. Excellent writing my friend! πŸ™‚βœŒπŸΌπŸ•Šβ€οΈ

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