a strange object appeared in the sky
on a wild and windswept night
which was to end in mayhem.
R101, shaped like a giant cigar,
cruised the darkness as if a UFO
narrowly avoiding spires of religion
heading for India...but never reaching that far.
Above the world like gods were the crew
until the wind blew the canopy apart
most burning to death in a foreign field,
the wreckage a sickening view.
Yes, just a few escaped away,
the airship a forlorn skeleton
but those who staggered from the scene
would be haunted until their dying day.