Light Vessel

Light Vessel


It was a sunny Thursday afternoon, April 14, 1919, when the Light Vessel LV-51, on relief duty, was rammed.

                                                                                                                                                       - Nicholas Bellantoni


LV-51, sat calmly on the sea

anchored to the bottom, still, a beacon,

till a rampant Standard Oil barge

slipped its tandem tow and rammed

the tiny ship, putting her lights out.


She took only minutes to sink,

hissing, booming, whistling out of sight,

and the crew to scramble to their lifeboat.

The ocean smoothed over its lap

as if nothing awkward had happened.



Charles D. Tarlton



Charles D. Tarlton is a retired politics professor who has been writing poetry and short prose since 2006. He lives in Old Saybrook, Connecticut with his wife, Ann Knickerbocker, an abstract painter, and a black female standard poodle named Nikki.  


He published poetry since 2006 has appeared in Jack Magazine, Shampoo, Review Americana, Tipton, Barnwood, Abramelin, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, The Houston Literary Review, Simply Haiku, Haibun Today, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, Atlas Poetica, Contemporary Haibun Online, Blue and Yellow Dog, Shot Glass, Sketchbook, Skylark, Six Minute Magazine, Cricket Online Review, Red Booth Review, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Rattle, Dark Matter, Muse India, Inner Art Journal, Prune Juice, Ekphrastic Review, Blackbox Manifold (UK), Undertow Tanka Review, Spirit Wind Gallery, Randomly Accessed Poetics, Ribbons, Unbroken Journal, KYSO Flash, Ekphrastic Review, tinywords, Red Lights, The Journal (UK), Tallow Eider Quarterly, The American Aesthetic, London Grip, Book Ends Review, Ilanot Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Peacock  Journal, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Nebo, and Palette.




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