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Friday, June 24, 2022

TERROR IN THE SOUTH SEAS

 
            ON A VITAL MISSION SHE WAS SENT
            IN AN ATTEMPT TO END THAT TERRIBLE WAR
            UNESCORTED, ALONE IN THE PACIFIC
            MANY LEAGUES FROM THE NEAREST SHORE

            DEFENSIVE MEASURES, SHE TOOK NONE
            BEING TOLD SHE WAS SAFE FROM HARM
            THE TORPEDO STRUCK HER STARBOARD
            “ALL HANDS ABANDON SHIP” CAME THE ALARM

            ONLY TWELVE MINUTES AND SHE WENT DOWN
            TAKING THREE HUNDRED TO HER GRAVE
            AND FOR THE REMAINING NINE HUNDRED
            JUST ONE THOUGHT “WILL WE BE SAVED?”

            THEY WERE CAST ADRIFT IN A SAVAGE SEA
            WITHOUT FOOD OR CLEAN WATER TO DRINK
            THE BROILING SUN ON MANGLED BURNT FLESH
            BROUGHT AGONY TO THOSE ON THE BRINK

            ONE BY ONE THEY BEGAN TO DISAPPEAR
            DROWNING, DYING IN PAIN INTENSE AND STARK
            SCREAMING, KICKING, AND FLAILING ABOUT
            AS THEY FELL PREY TO RAVENOUS SHARKS

            FOR THREE DAYS THEY PRAYED AND WAITED
            UNTIL THE SEAPLANE FINALLY FLEW BY
            AND OF THE BRAVE CRUISER’S CREW
            LESS THAN FOUR HUNDRED WOULD SURVIVE

            THE USN INDIANAPOLIS, SHE NOW RESTS
            DOWN SO DEEP IN A WATERY GRAVE
            A SOMBER REMINDER OF HER PAST
            AND A MONUMENT TO HER CREW SO BRAVE

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