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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



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

This is about one of the cruise ship that was stranded at sea.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 31, 2020:


It is so real and saddens my heart.

Thank you for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 31, 2020:

Ms. Dora,

Prayer is the one thing we can do.

Today the governor of Florida stated he doesn't want it to dock.

He will send a medical team to cruise ship instead.

My heart goes out to all on board, as well as their families.

I haven't heard about the other 11 stranded ships yet or if anyone aboard those is ill.

Thanks for reading and keep praying.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 31, 2020:

It is so sad and tragic.

I heard today that the ship is on route to Ft. Lauderdale, but the governor of Florida has now stated he does not want it to dock.

He plans on sending a medical team out to greet the cruise ship while kerping it off shore.

Oh these poor people!

If they are not ill yet, they must be fearing for their lives.

Not to mention their loved ones waiting for them at home.

Thank you for reading and for your prayers.

Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on March 31, 2020:

Real lines, very touchy and sad situation arising.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 30, 2020:

"Fear consuming their every breath . . .

praying to walk on land

once more."

Good poetry telling the story of a sad situation. Wish I could do more than pray for them.

Mitara N from South Africa on March 30, 2020:

Oh my goodness, this is so sad and inhumane, to not be given options of help and be turned away.

Pray that all those going through this ordeal, be protected and make it back to land safe and in good health.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 30, 2020:


Thank you for your well wishes for these people.

It would be so scary to think your fate might be out in the middle of the sea.

I hope they make it to land again to their loved ones.

Thanks for reading.

manatita44 from london on March 30, 2020:

A very unfortunate problem with dire consequences. The need to survive, a recognition that we are all frail and mortal, kicks in at this time. I wish them the very best support that governments can give, so that they are safe, finally, in the lap of their beloved ones at home.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 29, 2020:


Yes, it is sad and tragic.

There are a total of 12 cruise ships stranded.

Thanks for reading.

Amani Utembu from Nairobi -Kenya on March 29, 2020:

This is extremely sad...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 28, 2020:


I realize we have all been caught off guard by this virus, but to not know if you will ever make it back home alive would be an awful feeling.

Thank you for reading.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on March 28, 2020:

Food for thought. Thanks for encouraging us, to look out for others too, who are stranded by circumstances.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 28, 2020:


Thank you for reading.

This is so tragic. My heart pours out for them and the families who await their homecoming.

The fear they must all have. I cannot imagine being confined to a tiny room facing this terrible fate in the middle of the sea.

They are to separate the healthy ones to a sister ship, the Rotterdam.

But I fear this too will not ease their worries since one can still be ill for days without knowing.

Hopefully they will get permission to cross the Panama Canal to continue their journey.

Thanks for having them in your thoughts.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 28, 2020:


I'm not certain that is the same cruise ship.

There are currently 12 different ones stranded at sea.

But this one already has 4 people dead.

It is so sad.

I hope they all make it back soon.

It's hard for me to imagine a company just leaving a ship full of people out there stranded.

Thank you for reading.

Lorna Lamon on March 28, 2020:

It's so tragic Brenda and very frightening for those people stranded. We all should spare a thought for these people and I cannot imagine the fear they are living with at present. I pray they will be allowed to dock in Florida and given the help they so desperately need. Your poem highlights their desperate plight, in particular the first verse. A powerful write.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 28, 2020:

Yes Brenda, I just saw a news story saying there are an elderly Australian couple on board. With the virus spreading and no ports accepting the ship they are fearful of ever getting back to Australia alive. It is so sad. Thank you for sharing.

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