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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