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Cries of Desperation

Michaila Matthews ‘26

Lost at sea an alarm comes as we call

To land we can't see, no hope of return.

Dark like the endless ink void, hopelessness and confusion on our faces

Vision seeing blue, Fear settling in.


Water engulfs our boat, and the sea grows greedy for more victims

As thunder roars and rain slams

We wail and dread our fate, we might never be seen again.


We sink, and the sea sharpens its forks and knives

We hold on but want to let go.

Gradually the pain and worry gave away to numbness

The alarm sang sweetly as it was the last thing we'd hear.


Awaiting for minutes that seem to last hours

Death embraces us like a comforting hug.

Yet, light appears in the form of a powerful luminous figure


A savior for us?

No, only me.

I had to leave

The others behind.


Notes from the Author:

For the creative writing assignment, I decided to write about a sinking ship. The poem was largely influenced by the movie Titanic and the listening activity we did as a class. I found the sounds I heard fascinating, and I wanted to write about it. The speaker in my poem is someone who is lost at sea with a large group. The person’s gender and name are not specified, but the overall feeling is a little dark, as they reflect emotions of hopelessness, fear, and a desire to give up. For poetic devices, I used similes, personification, and alliteration. I chose these because I felt they would best fit the poem and my writing. I used similes such as “dark like the endless void” and “death embracing us like a comforting hug,” for some examples. I also used personification in the poem, which was significant since it offered a unique perspective on the circumstances that the speaker was facing. The lines “sea grows greedy for more victims” and “thunder roars and rain slams” make the poem stand out in my opinion. Alliteration was the final poetic device I used, with examples such as “seeing and settling” and “sang sweetly.” I picked this since it was one of my favorite sound devices and I wanted to include it in my work. My poem’s central theme or interpretation was challenging to come up with since I didn’t have a clear theme when I started writing. My interpretation of the poem is that people might take the wrong path or lose their way, which is symbolic of the boat sinking. You may even follow blindly in the footsteps of others, but in the end, you may need to leave those people or that life behind and prioritize yourself and your own needs. That can be seen in the poem, which begins plural and uses “we” to represent the entire group of people then the poem switches to “I” at the end. 

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