Tuesday, December 7, 2010

One Shot Wednesday...







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Pennsylvania Class, "Super-Dreadnaught" as she was called...
Launched in 1915, named in honor of our 48th State.
The U.S.S. Arizona was the pride of the fleet!
Although a relic of "The Great War" that ended 23 years earlier,
Her 12 14inch guns could hurl death for more than 20 miles!
But she was still imposing, still powerful...Still deadly.
As she lay sleeping and moored quietly in beautiful Pearl Harbor
on the morning of December 7, 1941. She was rudely awakened
by more than 800 Japanese war planes bent on destruction.
HELL, WAS ON THE WING!!!!!
An armor piercing bomb landed between the number 3 and 4 turrets,
igniting the black powder magazines. This set off a chain reaction of horror
that sent 1177 of 1400 brave crew members to their watery grave.
The Arizona could not be salvaged, but it's remaining undamaged guns
were removed and re-used to fight another day.
After the war, a memorial was built to honor the sunken giant.
But She STILL Bleeds...
With each sunrise since that horrible 'Day of Infamy', more than a quart of
oil a day still finds it's way to the surface. Drip Drip Drip, staining
the pristine surface with it's rainbow discoloration.....
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Mighty Warrior
The Blood will only stop when...
Your Last sailor dies!
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If you happen to meet a Veteran today, shake their hand
and thank them for their service!
Then go visit the very talented crew at One Shot Poetry.
Every Wednesday they host One Shot Wednesday, you post
a short story, poetry, or prose on your site. Go tell them
that you have, and they will visit you along with many other
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30 comments:

hedgewitch said...

An event that will never be forgotten, even after her last sailor dies, I think. Thanks, G-Man, for reminding us on this day with your words and photographs. I've read a bit about this war, and I still will never understand the mindset that made a tiny island people decide they could conquer the whole world...
My thanks to any reading this who've served or are serving or have those they love in harm's way(and to my husband and his contemporaries, thanks every day for enduring the hell that was Viet Nam.)

Monkey Man said...

Somehow I knew you would make tribute to those who fell that day. Honorable piece, brother.

One Stop - The Place For Poets, Writers and Artists said...

Wow G this packed a punch to the very end. the oil continues to seep to the surface thus memories of the lost never quelled.

I too salute my Navy brothers and sisters who fought valiantly and continue to do so in not just the Navy but the other armed forces.

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M G Reignier said...

Powerful haiku expresses so much pain and valor. Impressive.

Titanium said...

Gripping tribute to all thosed who served then and those who continue to do so, now. Very well said, G-Man.

dustus said...

Vivid poem in tribute. A great haiku too. cheers, G-Man

Serena said...

Very nice tribute piece, and very evocative, especially the bit about the seeping oil which will remind people to never forget.

kkrige said...

A poignant haiku G. A striking tale. If I could venture outside my house, I would love to shake a veteran's hand. Maybe when the snow stops in a few days...

TALON said...

Beautiful tribute, Galen. And the oil still leaking...the life blood of the ship. Poignant and touching...and still wars are raging...sad, isn't it?

I'm looking forward to giving my oldest son (a soldier) a hug in a few weeks. :)

Millie said...

Such a wonderful tribute. Certainly you do justice to the servicemen and their families. Mine are here. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/december/

PattiKen said...

You've done it again, G-Man. With an eye on the calendar and great respect for the past, you can always be counted on to put all our thoughts into words.

Caty said...

wonderful tribute :)

Brian Miller said...

yeah you rocked that g...thanks for the poignant reminder on teh day and those that gave bits of themselves so that we could be...

River said...

So many before have said this but I too would to say thank you for keeping her story and the many that died with her. This line struck me hard...But She STILL Bleeds...

Aquarius63 said...

Poignant times, heartfelt and excellently expressed.

Anita.

the walking man said...

She is still a bad ass.

Akelamalu said...

Great tribute G. x

LauraX said...

"But still she bleeds"...indeed. Beautiful tribute.

Dianne said...

Hey, you done well, Gman, and a Japanese Haiku as well....(?)
thanks for stopping by.

gautami tripathy said...

Beautiful tribute...

destined wanderings

Eric Alder said...

If they were smart they'd funnel that leak into an eternal flame.

Nice tribute, G-Man!

Myrna R. said...

Thanks for this reminder. Your post is a nice tribute to that day and to those who died. Good writing.

Fireblossom said...

You could not possibly have found a worthier subject, G Man. Thanks for telling us more about the Arizona.

Belinda Munoz said...

Wow, G-man, this is intense. And the closing haiku packs a punch. A beautiful tribute indeed. Thank you for helping us to remember this event that changed history.

lime said...

wonderfully done, gman. a very fitting tribute indeed.

Kavita said...

A beautiful ode to the brave, G! Really, a lovely sentiment to share too.. Thanks for this piece..

Here is my one shot..

Quilly said...

At the Arizona Monument (Thom, Charley (my mate) and I went together) a guide told us that legend says the oil will stop seeping when the last Pearl Harbor survivor dies.

Scott said...

Sadly, not much was said about this infamous day around here (where I live in Ohio) I do make it a pointto thanks verterans whenever I encounter them. GREAT piece G-Man!

Jerry said...

Very honorable tribute. Thanks.

Magdalen Islands said...

What a shame! What a loss! The Arizona and her crew will never be forgotten.