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Saturday, 29 September 2007 03:21

Deep in the Mersey

A Poem by Charles Williams


Deep in the Mersey, where endless nights without shadows loom.

Sunbeams fail to pierce the flume.

No hope of day light to wash away the gloom in the deep frigid sea.

A rock, a can, a bit of surface debris long settled in the frigid sea,

Too deep for earth bound mortals to see.


Further along the sand, a hulking metal frame stands.

Empty decks and portals face the current’s endless flow.

A long ago ship wreck hides deeply below in the frigid sea.

How many lives were tossed about struggling on that night?

What were the thoughts of those whose lives were ceasing to experience light?

Those wretched souls who confronted their destiny, while sinking deeper into the Mersey?


I wonder about those men who faced their untimely end.

Did they wail and cry just before their lives expended?

Or did they surrender stoically to everlasting, while sliding into the depths of the frigid sea,

Leaving loving wishes for the lives of their soon bereft families?

Their remains now scattered beside the rocks, the cans, and bits of surface debris,

Long settled in the frigid sea.


Deep in the Mersey, nights without shadows loom.

Sunlight never reaches this submerged tomb.

No sonnets, no praises, no flowers pierce the gloom.

No headstones, no flags, no tolling bells from passing ship’s booms.


I praise your sacrifice and your involuntary entombment way below.

You are now where we seamen must someday go.

To the depths where deep sea creatures ride the cold current’s flow.

You stalwart sailors from so long ago,

Now resting in a frigid lagoon,

Deep in the Mersey,

Where endless nights without shadows loom.


Copyright 2007 (June 2007)

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