it used to be that magnificent leviathans
glided across the ocean filled with the gifted and gilded.
they were floating palaces, each one more regal and luxurious than the last.
sooner or later it was all doomed to end;
airlines made intercontinental travel much faster and more affordable
and as it did, one by one the luxury liners from the golden era
passed into oblivion – they are all now at the ocean’s murky bottom
or were scrapped long ago. and thus an age ended,
with only one remnant left.
she sits now in the harbor, her insides gutted and her luster faded,
as though waiting for the crowds to come back,
patiently, for she remembers the laughter, the tinkling wine glasses and toasts.
she was magnificent, full of music and spectacle,
and her pride in this is still evident
even if the new generations have forgotten her.
time has not diminished her poise and dignity -
she was the fastest cruise ship ever built and
a hundred feet longer than the titanic.
so look upon her now, while you can.
she is the last of her kind.
more of my work is available on my website, www.abandonedamerica.org