Midnight in the Sea of Darkness

Midnight in the Sea of Darkness

Midnight in the Sea of Darkness

Stealing
silently from the shallow depths
of the offshore shoals

Darkness
stolen from the holds
of a thousand sunken ships

Crept
to the broad base
of the tapered, towering torch

Enshrouding
the magnificence of a midnight sun
in the fog of a final farewell

Swallowing
the hulk of a stranded ship
within the silence of the sea

Anchoring
yet another immortal member
of a fleet frozen in darkness

 
Standing Alone, Dwight’s poem at Roth Poetry, brought to mind this poem, written in 1998.
The background image is a print from an engraving by John Horsburg of J. M. W. Turner’s artwork of Bell Rock Lighthouse during a storm from the northeast, available at The Library of Congress and found at Wikimedia Commons.

11 thoughts on “Midnight in the Sea of Darkness

  1. Being in a storm at sea in a small ship must be terrifying. I’m fascinated by shipwrecks though.
    I like the way you placed your poem on the image. I like Turner. I didn’t know there were engravings of his work.

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