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Poem: Covid-19: Stranded at Sea - Part 2

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Part 2 Stranded at Sea Covid-19 is about a cruise ship, Zaandam which is operated by Holland America and owned by Carnival Corporation. It has been on the sea since March 7, 2020. There are 4 passengers dead from Covid-19. They are now close to Florida but not allowed to dock once again.

"Governor Says Zaandam Cruise Ship Passengers Should Not Disembark in South Florida" by WPLG Local 10

"Update on Zaandam, cruise ship"

I decided to write another poem to update everyone on the cruise ship, Zaandam, which is stranded at sea.

It has been cleared to pass The Panama Canal.
Some passengers, who did not exhibit illness were transferred to the Rotterdam.
Both ships are in route to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

But now the Governor says they cannot disembark or even dock at Port Everglades.

He will send a medical team on board and is planning to keep them under quarantine for at least 14 more days before allowing anyone on land.

Discussions are still on going as the ships arrival is nearing.

Both of these ships are operated by Holland America and owned by Carnival Corporation.


"Covid-19: Stranded at Sea - Part 2 "

In the midst of the sea
a virus trapping living souls,
with no humanity in sight.

Sailing restlessly for days
awaiting a port to dock,
only to be turned away.

Confined to tiny, claustrophobic rooms
hoping for salvation,
pleading for governments to help.

Living each day
fearing demise,
making a wish to go home.

Believing for a moment
prayers have been answered,
discovering disappointment.

Leaving them in agony,
sending a medical team to board
with no docking permitted.

Quarantining these poor people
to the ocean,
for at least another fourteen days.

"What it's like being stranded on the Zaandam and the Rotterdam cruise ships" by Washington Post



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 15, 2021:

Part 2 of stranded at sea

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 01, 2020:


Everyone is afraid of this Covid-19.

I do understand the fear, but first and for most we must be human.

We have to have compassion and help others.

If not, what is the purpose of this life?

Thanks for reading.

manatita44 from london on April 01, 2020:

It is a very sad situation. I believe that Donald Trump mentioned them yesterday. In fact I'm sure he did. I understand that they were hoping to set something up. But then, what do I know about politics?

It is a very sad fact that we have lost a lot of lives globally and some situations have become very sensitive for many.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 01, 2020:


It reminds me of Hitler.

Governments are not being humane at all.

These people are living a nightmare.

Thanks for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 01, 2020:


It is so sad. Thank you for your prayers.

It really makes one think.

I never thought a cruise ship would just leave their passengers in such a way. I guess one does not know when they step foot on one just what could happen.

This is truly a nightmare.

Thanks for reading and keep praying.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 01, 2020:

These poor people. I feel for them. I know these are trying times, but sometimes people can be cruel. It appears like some only think of themselves.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 01, 2020:


Thanks for reading.

My heart really goes out to these people.

I can't imagine how desperate and alone they feel.

I am certain they wonder if they will ever see land again?

I hope someone helps them.

I understand it is scary, but they are humans abd deserve our love and help.

My mind keeps flashing back to Hitler.

We have got to be compassionate. Thanks again for reading.

Mitara N from South Africa on April 01, 2020:

This is so sad honestly.

Prayer from the heart goes out to each and everyone quarantined on stranded ships, what was suppose to be a luxury cruise has now turned into a nightmare.

Lorna Lamon on April 01, 2020:

There are so many of these ship stranded at the moment with countries too fearful to allow them to dock. Quarantining people on board does not always have the best outcome, as I think back to the ship in Japan. Your poem highlights how difficult this will be and the fear of what can happen. The world needs to realise that these situations also require help. Terrible times Brenda. Great poem which highlights their plight.

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