Heard this poem today. It’s a different perspective on a famous event. It’s both funny and sad.

Reputedly the poem is by Terry Wogan.


On a cold rainy night on a Liverpool quayside (in the years before the Great War)
The crowd was in shock at the loss of Titanic, so proud had they been days before.
Relatives gathered for news of their loved ones, to read through the lists of the dead,
When into the throng came a sad eyed old polar bear, and to the clerk at the counter, he said :

“Have you got any news of the iceberg? My family were on it you see.
Have you got any news of the iceberg? They mean the whole world to me.”

“My wife and my children were coming from Greenland, to be by my side at the Zoo.
Belinda’s my wife, and the eldest’s called Bernard; and Billy – well he’s only two.
And I know on the ship there were hundreds of people, and I know that the iceberg’s not yours.”
And the polar bear’s eyes held the start of his tear-drops, and he covered his face with his paws.

“Have you got any news of the iceberg? My family were on it you see.
Have you got any news of the iceberg? They mean the whole world to me.”

“It’s been over a year, since I last saw my children. I left home to build my career.
I’ve worked very hard. I’m the star of the Circus… It’s all been for nothing I fear.
That’s my face on the posters. We’re in town this week. My children were meeting me here.”
Everyone watched as he struggled to speak, as his paw brushed away one more tear.

“Have you got any news of the iceberg? My family were on it you see.
Have you got any news of the iceberg? They mean the whole world to me.”

By now all the people had gathered beside him; his grief was one they could share.
The people around him in silence and sadness listened to the sad polar bear.
“I wanted my children to see me performing and Belinda she would have been proud.”
At last lost for words and his tears flowing freely the question was asked by the crowd.

“Have you got any news of the iceberg? My family were on it you see.
Have you got any news of the iceberg? They mean the whole world to me.”

I’m a sentimentalist at heart *burp*

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