Monday, 9 October 2017


The day war began in 1939
A German torpedo sent you
Mortally wounded
To the bottom of the ocean;
A civilian ship, women and children,
Americans, British and others,
Rules broken, no mercy given.

Then the Nazis tried to suggest
That Churchill was responsible,
An evil ploy to draw
America into the war,
But nobody believed them;
The propaganda
Of Goebbels failed.

Today we think we've found you
Two hundred metres down,
We have the equipment now;
Soon an unmanned craft
Will be sent to make sure
It really is you and
Not just another fantasy.

© David Subacchi

Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

David Subacchi lives in Wales (UK) where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has 4 published collections of his English Language poetry: First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016) as well as a collection in Welsh: Eglwys Yng Nghremona (2016).