(Extra)Ordinary: a Picture & a Battleship {Sonnet}



Battle stations. General quarters sounds.
Take your places. All hands brace for impact.
Turn that dial. Crank that lever. The hounds
of hell are on our tail. Windscreen is cracked.
Someone get eyes on that boat. “Cap’n, it’s
on our six,” says the midshipman. “We need
more speed right now before we’re blown to bits.”
On us, they’ve drawn a bead. Our radar reads
a firing solution. Take the shot
then fire at will. Man down and overboard–
Someone toss a life preserver before
he drowns. Deploy decoys. Ahead a fjord!
We won’t scuttle. We’ve still got torpedoes.
We’ll mine that victory before we go!

I took this picture in Hawaii while inside a battleship. My sister and I had a great time wandering around looking at all the dials, levers and cranks. I thought they were pretty damned (extra)ordinary.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

9 thoughts on “(Extra)Ordinary: a Picture & a Battleship {Sonnet}

      1. 🙂 don’t you just love it when words spill out? I am a war film buff too…I studied History (among other things at university) and WWII has always been my favorites of all the wars to study…

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          1. 🙂 it must have been wonderful growing up in your household….we had two channels (one if the weather outside was bad) when I was a kid so any and all tv time was family time🙂

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