Parting ways in an upheaval

By Jeffrey Febi

MV Rabaul Queen before the disaster


On the morning of 30th April, while watching beautiful dawn spreads its influence across the sky, I thought it would have been really wonderful to accompany it with music from the companions of birds (cry of a baby or child waking up from sleep). Then I remembered those unfortunate families whose children have perished that tragic night aboard MV Rabaul (evil) Queen.

Following words may not be adequate to express my sincere anger and feeling of disappointment, nevertheless, I found some sort of comfort writing this piece.

Hope readers will like it.



Firmly tucked into mamas’ arms

Childly gazing into mamas’ eyes

Breathing mamas’ exhaustions


In the belly of an evil Queen

Pregnant in a time of turmoil

With lies, money, and negligence


Listening to mamas’ frantic heart beats

Hearing mamas’ confused cries

Feeling mamas’ grips loosen


Three idiots they came! And many separated

Parting ways in an upheaval

Each one to own an unmarked watery plot


Then still dawn undresses dark

Oh those companions of birds!

Their backs to the scorching sun


When next a sea bird, may be a seagull

Sings frantically over sea; probably she calls

Attention to them that play on the oceans floor


About febijefwhispers
I love reading and writing poetry!

2 Responses to Parting ways in an upheaval

  1. R. Renagi says:

    Nice poem Jeffrey and have shared it with my FB family.

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