Written by C. Dewling
In the spring of the year
There was a terrible loss of life.
at The Front
when 77 men
From the sealer S.S. Newfoundland
Died in an intense storm.
My grandfather went sealing that year
in the Bellaventure, Robert Randell, master
It was the Bell that picked up
most of the victims and a few survivors and
brought them to shore.
For years I’ve looked over the few photographs
of blurred figures
knowing one might be grandfather and
hoping, somehow , I’d recognize him.
I felt bad ‘til I thought of the frozen corpses
Identified and tagged
Piled like some twisted crunnicks
On the fore hatch of the Bellaventure
Where have their descendants to look for comfort?