"The Sinking of the Royal Oak"

By Henry Wilcoxon (5A)
Inspired by Engines of Ingenuity

The ship stood there in the safe bay harbor.
Its gunners and crew doing manual labor.
Most sleeping in the Dark of night,
Under the stars so bright.
A daring German risked it all,
It shot three torpedoes overall
Water poured in through two massive rips
Then, the ship, it tilts and tips,
And with every room like a darkened cave,
She sinks down to her watery grave.
Her crew, oil covered and soaking in rain,
Strikes out for the shore in terror and pain,
In the dark of night,
Under the stars so bright.

Adam Thompson