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Poem: Covid-19: Stranded at Sea

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Covid-19: Stranded at sea is about people rushing into stores to buy supplies only thinking of themselves when others are stranded at sea on a cruise ship. As coronavirus spreads, fear consumes their breath. Ports are denying entry. Passengers wait for rescue, hoping to walk on land once again.

"Seminole County Couple stranded on cruise ship with coronavirus cases" by WKMG New 6

Cruise Ship Stranded

I was inspired to write this when I heard of a cruise ship, Zaandam, stranded at sea.
After President Trump restricted travel, the cruise line suspended it’s operations.
This is one of twelve ships which is now stranded.
This particular cruise ship is operated by Holland America. It is owned by Carnival Corporation.
There are 4 people dead and 138 ill. There are 1,243 passengers and 586 crew members on board.
It is being turned away by multiple ports.

It is trying to make it's way to Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


"Stranded at Sea Covid-19"

A frantic stampede of people,
rush into stores to buy supplies
concerned only for themselves,
while others are in dire straits
stranded on vessels
in the vastness of the sea.

Fear consumes their every breath,
confined to the safety
of a tiny room,
with an invisible illness spreading
like a forest fire.

Multiple ports pull down the gates denying entry,
imminent fear grows
as illness climbs each deck,
with four on board meeting their maker,
the others left behind in seclusion
waiting for rescue with weary thoughts,
praying to walk on land
once more.

"Four Passengers Dead on Holland America Cruise Ship Zaandam headed to Ft. Lauderdale" by CBS Miami