Salve Regina

MS Economy sinks in the Corona Sea

strength and loyalty
virtues plain
Holding lines
Taking turns
Weak and weary
well to rescue.
Wealth and royalty
empire vile
n’er forgotten
misnamed begotten.
Citizens in steerage
while top decks
swarmed with peerage
criminal exponent.
Rafts we filled
in waters chilled
Our children froze
that profits rose.
Davy Jones once sucked
Astors and other slime
beneath the waves
May the virgin holy
drown their fellow knaves.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..