on display, ¹. titanic
and ². lusitania
¹. combs; dinner plates; automobile tires; silver this and that;
lifeboat oars; life jackets with skeletal remains, wore the cracked
wrist watch; etc. etc.
². charred clothing and shoes; k rations; daguerréotype photos;
ship’s propeller; unexploded torpedo from the U—20; etc. etc.
³. diving suit?
ticked away the minutes,
ticked away the lives.
clouds began to roll in, just like dark horses wearing
black plumed headgear pulling a hearse,
then. the ghosts—¹. titanic’s; ². lusitania’s
¹. covered with ice, melting; gray, cold complexions;
fingers pointing, fingers permanently stiffened; exhale
the freezing breath.
². bloodstained clothing; limbs missing; horribly disfigured
faces; some, spitting up sea water; shards of sharp metal in
their heads, cause the fever, wipe the sweat off their brows.
enter through the walls—now. in. the museum,
now seek the souls of the missing,
all locked up in display cases
to silence the mourn, -ing¹ , -ing²
the ships ghosts smash the display plate glass
with rusted balls and chains,
prisoners of the depths;
german ghost unterseeboot,
the 1 x 88 mm deck gun
aimed at the museum,
capitän and two men
from the U—20
coming for the torpedo on display
ᵺə capitän, “geben uns den torpēdō, oder gesprengt werden!”
one of the crew catches a shadowy movement
out of the corner of his eye; he turns quickly
and fires a burst from his MP-18/I
submachine gun, there, lying on
the floor is the diving suit, blood
flows from several holes.
they take the ‘fisch’;
moments later, a loud explosion, a cargo ship
begins its descent with captain and crew,
minus one deep sea diver; sinks, to the
bottom of a cold river,
from the periscope, the capitän watches the anguish on
each face, distorted and twisted, the
U—20 slips away, undetected.
time period, 12:56 p.m.
the glass on the clock cracks and breaks;
the hands, frozen; much like the titanic’s ghosts hands frozen,
much like the lusitania’s ghosts numb hands;
now. all regaining some feeling, a feeling of restitution.
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