7 The Dusk Casts Shadows The dusk casts shadows on the drowning sun, Titanic's lights ablaze. She cleaves the sea, a mirror to the stars, her maiden run serene success by some divine decree. The falling swell has passed, the past astern. The last two days will spell “The Promised Land” each Steerage soul must face with some concern, with little else but landing grant in hand. In First, astern the barren promenade, the after-mast casts light in frosty arcs on Ida Straus *, her furs, her pale pomade, and Isidor, in arm, as she remarks, before retiring to the plush saloon, “The sea’s like glass this Sunday night. No moon.” *** *** 8 “Iceberg dead ahead!” [11:40 p.m. April 14 1912] “The sea is calm tonight, The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; …” Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach (1867) The sea’s like glass this Sunday night. No moon casts light upon the ice-pocked sea, where stars are cast in bituminous black, in tune with Ages Past. Titanic flat-out scars the glassy sea her raking bowsprit cleaves: her splashing wake’s so cold her passengers must flee the promenades the starlight leaves in livid darkness.... where nothing stirs, and nothing stays the artificial breeze that snakes along the hull, and takes its pulse on brittle rivets, frozen; so they seize upon the berg Titanic can’t repulse. Fleet * alerts the bridge, “Iceberg dead ahead!” “Astern!” Propellers lash. The iceberg 's fled. *** ***
RMS Titanic Centennial Sonnets 7 & 8. are excerpts from Richard Vallance's Garland of Sonnets due for later publication, in - The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes: Anthology of sonnets of the early third millennium= Le Phénix renaissant de ses cendres : Anthologie de sonnets au début du troisième millénaire -now in the galley production stage at Friesen Press, scheduled for release June 2013. ISBN: Hardcover: 978-1-4602-1700-9 Paperback: 978-1-4602-1701-6 eBook: 978-1-4602-1702-3.
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