Pandora and the Flying Dutchman







Skins turned to dust long ago.
Only ghosts sail this vessel upon upon the sea.
Unforgiving wood from ancient trees has stood
the test of time despite smooth sailing and many an angry
squall that sweeps across her bow every now and then.
It doesn’t matter how calm or fervent the storm rages.
All residue is washed from the deck on the next Atlantic breeze.
He teases the cloak across the lean trunk of his body,
so sick of tasting salt on his tongue.
I feel sad for this lonely figure but all records kept swore
they spoke the truth.
He’d murdered his wife thinking her unfaithful.
Mistaken, he’d forsaken his God and now the Flying Dutchman
was doomed to reach the precipice of time only to turn away.
He would never know the peace that comes with death for
he’d been cursed to sail the seven seas for all eternity.

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Author’s Notes: Ever since I was a child I’ve known the legend of the Flying Dutchman. He’s been imortalised a few times both by famous poets and also a 1951 movie starring Ava Gardner and James Mason. The Flying Dutchman originates sometime in the 16th century where a ships captain so in love with his wife in a rage accidentally kills her because he thought she’d cheated on him. Sentenced to death and half-crazed from the loss of his wife he blasphemes against God, but the night before his execution his cell door mysteriously opens and he escapes, only to discover his ship is now manned by ghosts and he is doomed never to die.  He is allowed to go ashore once every 7 years for six months. Long enough for him to try to find a woman who will love him enough to be willing to die for him.

The movie is set in 1930 and Pandora is a beautiful femme fatale.  Men fall in love with her at the drop of a hat but, she is incapable of loving anyone until, she meets the Flying Dutchman. She is drawn to him without understanding his allure. She is his wife, his love, re-incarnated. She loves him enough to die for him but, he loves her enough to want her to live.
The movie was a fabulous love story.

This link can read about the Flying Dutchman
This link is write-up of the movie Pandora & The Flying Dutchman

Shared with Romantic Friday Writers #16 (NCCO)
The Sunday Whirl #19


Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

24 thoughts on “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman”

  1. Thank you so much for commenting on my nautical cat-story featuring Sanna and her heart-throb, Tomas.
    My little writing-exercises are a mixture of fact and fiction. I don’t have that much time to write, so I grab whatever shards of inspiration that comes my way in everyday life. The little plastic children’s pool exists in real life and I took it with me in the move to my new apartment since there is no tub here. But thankfully, the pool did not burst spilling water all over the floor. What actually happened was that I forgot to put the pool away and the cats (five of them) did go at it and let the air out so that it lay flat. I am careful to mention the fact that building codes in Sweden require a floor-drain in all wet-rooms such as baths. Otherwise there could be flooding all over the apartment in all rooms, which is what happened to relatives of mine in West Virginia in the United States. Their building codes did not require floor drains. And their floors in every room were flooded and ruined went a faucet was not closed tightly enough.

    I am impressed by your poem and the care in which you take to present the original story about The Flying Dutchman. My cat, Sara (Sara Cat writes) is a film-buff, and wrote a post about the Pirates of the Caribbean films, which takes any kind of sea-lore and twists a bit. (Sara’s only a cat, so we must forgive her for being a little sloppy about her choices of subject and sources.)

    I was pleased to see the film-snippet. I had never heard of this film. I am so glad that films are being restored and made available again as DVD-films.

    I am sorry that I am so late in commenting on your beautiful post about the Flying Dutchman.

    Best wishes,

    For the benefit of other readers:
    Anna’s RFW No. 16 ‘Smooth Sailing’

  2. I’m glad you’re part of the wordle group, ddt. Your poems always bring history and legend into perspective in a fresh way; thanks for posting them.

    I’d heard of the Flying Dutchman legend, but didn’t know the particulars. I appreciate this well wordled rendition. 🙂

  3. I had forgotten about the story of the flying Dutchman and the ghost ship. Glad you brought it to life once again! And thanks too for the background information. Thank you for visiting my blog as well.

  4. Thank you for the tip and that made the read even more beautiful and interesting!! I love anything connected with the high seas!! 🙂

  5. ddt, your poems and background information are always a delight to read. It has been many moons since I’ve seen that movie. Thanks for reminding of it.


  6. The opening line is so has real texture this can tell how who have absorbed the story in the way it has become so real for you..and now for us..Jae

  7. What a wonderful use of the wordle words, to tell the story of the flying dutchman! And you told it so well. 🙂

    Loved the line “so sick of tasting salt on his tongue.”

  8. I love what a wordle brings out. Something about wordle 19 evokes old times and thoughts of lies and indiscretions. Just beautiful.

  9. Thank you for sharing the Dutchman’s tale. It comes up in The Pirates of the Caribbean…one of the boats is the Flying Dutchman…manned by ghosts.

    I just added this 1951 movie to my Netflix queue. It’s not available, but apparently will be. Thanks for the tip, it looks like a good one.

    Mistakenly and forsaken are made to work together…great line. Your piece is well constructed, I’m glad you wordle with us.

  10. Hello! I’d vaguely known the legend of the Flying Dutchman, but now it is much more real through your emotive poem. You’ve written with such feeling as you know the legend so well. Thanks so much for sharing.


  11. I love both the images and the flow of your prose poem. It really captures the emotions of the lonely man, tired from the weight of years with the curse. I knew the legend, but not the movie. I’ll have to find that one. Thanks!

  12. the quality of romantic longing you have infused in
    your poem is admirable.
    so glad you included the backstory – I must see this
    movie and re-tell this story …ahhhhh

    please visit my blog dd2. I would love to interview you
    only 3 short questions.

  13. hey i know the flying dutchman from sponge bob…smiles. no i know the tale as well…pirates and other early sea faring adventures fascinate me…nice write…good textures…

  14. Never heard of the legend until I watched that GARBAGE Pirates two and three sequel crap. You write was way way better than those things.

    Jealousy can be killer I guess..haha

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