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Oh April 15th, you are cursed for certain…

…and not just because it’s tax day.  It is also the 97th anniversary of the Titanic’s demise.

Where across the lines of forty north and fifty-fourteen west
there rolls a wild and greedy sea with death upon it’s crest.
No stone or wreath from human hands will ever mark the spot
where fifteen hundred men went down, but manhood perished not.

Old ocean takes but little heed of human tears or woe.
No shafts adorn the ocean graves, nor weeping willows grow.
Nor is there need of marble slab to keep in mind the spot
where noble men went down to death, but manhood perished not!

Those men who looked on death and smiled, and trod the crumbling deck,
have saved much more than precious lives from out that awful wreck.
Though countless joys and hopes and fears were shattered at a breath,
’tis something that the name of man did not go down to death.

‘Tis not an easy thing to die, e’en in the open air,
Twelve hundred miles from home and friends, in a shroud of black dispair.
A wreath to crown the brow of man, and hide a former blot
will ever blossom o’er the waves, where manhood perished not.

“Where Manhood Perished Not” By: Harvey F. Thewl

If anyone wishes to tempt fate, for the 100th anniversary of Titanic, you can actually retrace her voyage aboard the MS Balmoral departing Southampton on April 8th, 2012.

“From here the ship will sail across the Atlantic, arriving at the Titanic site on April 14th/15th exactly 100 years on from this tragic voyage, where a memorial service will be held to pay tribute to the brave passengers and crew who perished on that fateful night.”

Titanic Memorial Cruise: at least they aren’t claiming Balmoral as unsinkable. Oddly enough, Balmoral is Scottish in origin…meaning “from the majestic village”.  Seems like a lovely, humble sort of ship.

Personally, I have to admit that there is something ticklishly intriguing about this memorial cruise.  I mean, on the one hand…how cool to honor those tragically lost in such a senseless calamity.  On the other hand…how creepy to go to such lengths to kind of re-enact the event, right down to the exact number of passengers, albeit minus the ice berg.

It seems the perfect mix of bitter-sweetness with a side dish of otherworldly ghost-ish-ness.  I think it would be quite an ethereal experience.  I admit it…I’m tempted. ;)

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