Sunday, April 25, 2010

I think the facination we still have with Amelia Earhart is interesting. I guess I am not the only one who likes a good mystery. I wrote the two poems below after seeing the movie about her that came out last year. As I was walking into the theatre, the usher said "You know how it ends don't you?" I said yes, but we don't truly know how it ended. The possibility that someone will find the answer keeps us interested in the story more than 70 years later.

The Island in the Ocean

The challenge was a passenger on the entire flight.

The key to completing the circle

was finding the island in the ocean.

When the time came,

the pilot called out.

The island barely heard,

yet tried to respond.

They must have come so close.

Still, the connection could not be made.

The flight did not end on a runway,

but in a mystery that would intrigue generations.

Crossing Oceans

We all have oceans to cross.

The vastness of our problems.

The depth of our disappointments.

The sameness of our routines.

The span to reach our goals.

The turbulence of life.

How can we face these journeys?

Follow our compasses.

Navigate as best we can,

and see where we land.


  1. Was it a tv movie or something made for the theatre? I missed it but I'd love to see it. I love how you captured the intrigue in your poems.

    1. Thanks, Kenya. It was in theatres. TALU

  2. Didn't they decide they figured out what happened to her last year based on an old container of her particular brand of cold cream or something being found on an island somewhere?

    1. Here's a link to an article from January of this year:

  3. Loved them both, Michelle, but Crossing Oceans, especially. Lovely!
    Thanks for linking this up with the TALU!

  4. I like your poem, "Crossing Oceans," especially the contrast between deep disappointments and familiar routines. I also think the idea that we navigate the best we can and land where we must is pretty found. Thanks for sharing this via TALU!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer, and thanks for stopping by from TALU.

  5. I really love your poem! Loved the movie, too, and it is so intriguing wondering what ever happened to her.

    1. Thanks for stopping by from TALU, Kristi. I first found out about the movie on a visit to the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, KS. I watched for it to be released and went to see it right away.