The Wedding


My eldest brother and my youngest brother

finally met that Spring

when the Jumbo burnt to the sea

days before it opened


A flotilla of fire flared

from the floating kitchen to the banquet hall

where my sister’s wedding was to be

but as it happened

not to be


Thirty Four Died Forty Two Injured


The year was 1971

Big Brother Joe was to escort the twenty one year old

Princess Anne to the opening

in his white tuxedo


I still have that picture of

the only time our family got together –

Grandma, Mum and Dad, six sons four daughters

Joe’s foreign wife and their kids

Stephen and Matt


Eight of the sixteen are gone

Stephen before his Dad

Dad died before Grandma


I still think about that white tuxedo


(c) Mary Tang 2015

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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10 Responses to The Wedding

  1. Dalo 2013 says:

    Powerful poem ~ memories and sadness seeping from the words.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mattb325 says:

    I was unaware of this tragedy (I have eaten at the current version on the water). It is such a terrible event for one family to endure. I am very sorry for your loss

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    • Mary Tang says:

      I’m afraid some of you are under the impression that members of my family were killed in the fire. No. They died under different circumstances and separately. Most of the casualty were working on the restaurant before it opened. That event marked a reverse of fortunes for my family and was also the only time our family were together in the one place as my eldest brother left home before my youngest brother was born.


  3. Ron says:

    Ineffably sad but composed with sensitivity and restraint. I am so sorry for your loss.


    Liked by 1 person

  4. A good poem Mary. What was the catastrophe?

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