deep into a Pearl Harbor Saturday night
and maybe imagined he was still
locked into the land of sleep
as the Japanese planes attacked.
The ship was sunk to the sound of screams,
youthful lads never to achieve their dreams
with the young sailor now sleeping forever.
Black smoke over the Arizona:
more than a thousand perished on this ship alone
lying in the shallow harbour water,
a steel tomb you can hear creak
as if the spirits of the poor doomed crew
the fish indifferent...to the tragic view.