Before my eyes there spreads the sea, beyond the sea the sky,
The sea is black, is green, is grey, as winds rise high, or die,
The sky appears a soft blue veil, stitched with clouds of whitest light,
They turn a soft and rosy hue, when day withdraws for night.
And there, just there, a line appears, a slash of death, in waters deep,
A shark perhaps, or killer whale, why sailors’ widows weep,
A line cascading, foamy white, carved by knife-edged fin,
As though Good was hunting Evil, in depths of all our sin,
But then there breaches rounded back, but no strange whale is this,
The fin becomes a U-boat’s sail, the venting air, a hiss,
A klaxon screams, as water streams, from deck and missile pods,
The periscope and antennae are like tangled fishing rods,
Then men appear, in open hatch, who scan the sea and shore,
They seem relaxed, just taking air, as if there was no war,
But, with loud alarm, then hatches down, she slips beneath the waves,
To hide among the darkest deeps, as leopards hide in caves,
Death on edge, expectant, waiting for its cue,
For stealthy, silent, submarines know what they must do,
And so it’s gone, preparing soon, for rockets to be hurled,
They named it well, the madmen, Destroyer of the World.
Chris, Your poetry is so arresting, thoughtful and powerful. This one literally took my breath away.
thank you very much, when the first line came I had no idea where it was going,