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The Wreck of the "El Diablo"
by Felix LeRoy Perry
Friday, February 25, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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In sight of Three Islands our worn out pumps started to fail
While taking on water in a fierce winter gale
The froth on the sea and the and shifting fog in the air
Chilled every crewman to the bone with a dread sense of fear

She was a rusty old freighter registered as “El Diablo”
On calm seas at full steam she barely could go
The rum sodden Captain said we’ll head in to shore
When she crunched on the rocks we were finished for sure

The life boats were leaky and rusted on deck
Life jackets were rotten and torn at the neck
Some jumped from the railing to die in the cold
Others bravely stood praying so proud and so bold

Some called to their maker, some called to their mothers
Some called to their children sisters and brothers
Their cries of despair were drowned by the storm’s rage
There wasn’t a hope to survive so they wrote their last page

The few left behind oh so tired and weak
Tied ourselves to the railings and no one could speak
The ship rocked and rolled like a washing machine
But held fast to the rocks like nothing I’d seen

The sun pierced the horizon as the winds wore themselves out
We undid the ropes and we looked all about
The ship was in pieces and flotsam drifted all round
So many dead bodies so few alive could be found

We heard folks from the shore, saw them launching a boat
We waited shivering in the cold amazed we still were afloat
Out of forty three men including officers and crew
Only four were surviving and thanking God all anew

On the hill on Three Islands the reverend said a few prayers
We lowered their pine boxes and wiped away our tears
The wife’s grieve like a blanket wrapped round mourners hearts
Staring out at the skeleton of “El Diablo’s” last few parts.

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/26/2005
You teach me with your poetice tale, bro. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 2/26/2005
clap clap clap....excellent my friend!!!!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/26/2005
POWERFUL!! This drew me in from the very first line and wouldn't let go... straight from the heart of a salty sea-dog, Felix! I reckon you've quite a few of these up your... sou'wester! Would love to hear you narrating a series of these. You are really some story-teller. El Diablo indeed - but some got the better of her and the storm, and lived to tell the tale - doubtless never to be the same again. Poignant and real and I am in awe of anyone who can cope with this lifestyle of cold, wet and wuthering - never mind the safety issues! If I hadn't administered my own, this would be butt-kicking enough for me!! :-)) LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by karen beecher (Reader) 2/25/2005
Well done from beginning to the end. Could almost feel the rocking and agitating of the ship. Great poem. Karen
Reviewed by Dave Harm 2/25/2005
Great write, wish it didn't end... wanted to
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 2/25/2005
Well stated tale, Felix!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/25/2005
This is a marvelous tale, Felix and you certainly could expound on it and write a short story. I love the rhyme and your images are fantastic. I couldn't stop reading until the last word was swallowed within my thoughts.
Take care,
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/25/2005
A chilling sea tale of a wrecked ship. Been awhile since I have read a good poem about ships like this.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 2/25/2005
A wonderful telling!
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/25/2005
A riviting poem all the way through. The poem flowed well. A delight
Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/25/2005
this is reminded me a bit of the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald but not so much as to be like it too much...does that make sense? anyway good poem
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 2/25/2005
Well done! Kept the tension throughout, making me feel as though I were right there! A little jarring in the use of 'washing machine' but otherwise your verse held up beautifully!

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