Hello Fellow Poets and Welcome to Open Link Night here at our favorite Pub!
Linda here, and it’s time again to share ONE poem for our reading pleasure. There is no specific theme, however if you wish to, you can respond to a prompt you may have missed this last week.
On this day back in 1936, The Hindenburg made its first official flight in Germany. The Hindenburg, built by the Zeppelin Company was 804 ft long filled with highly inflammable hydrogen to provide the lift and four 1,200 hp Daimler-Benz diesel engines giving the airship a maximum speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). To put this in context The Hindenburg was three times the length of a current Jumbo Jet and could carry less than 100 people including passengers and crew. ( Jumbo Jet carries circa 500 including passengers and crew ) Source: The People History
Five years after construction began in 1931, Hindenburg made its maiden test flight from the Zeppelin dockyards at Friedrichshafen on March 4, 1936, with 87 passengers and crew aboard. These included the Zeppelin Company chairman, Dr. Hugo Eckener, as commander, former World War I Zeppelin commander Lt. Col. Joachim Breithaupt representing the German Air Ministry, the Zeppelin company’s eight airship captains, 47 other crew members, and 30 dockyard employees who flew as passengers.Harold G. Dick was the only non-Luftschiffbau representative aboard. Although the name Hindenburghad been quietly selected by Eckener over a year earlier, only the airship’s formal registration number (D-LZ129) and the five Olympic rings (promoting the 1936 Summer Olympics to be held in Berlin that August) were displayed on the hull during its trial flights. As the airship passed over Munich on its second trial flight the next afternoon, the city’s Lord Mayor, Karl Fiehler, asked Eckener by radio the LZ129’s name, to which he replied “Hindenburg“. On March 23, Hindenburg made its first passenger and mail flight, carrying 80 reporters from Friedrichshafen to Löwenthal. The ship flew over Lake Constance with Graf Zeppelin.– Wikipedia
Can you imagine what it was like to be a passenger on that maiden flight? It must have been so thrilling! But sadly, we all know the fateful and disastrous ending of The Hindenburg on May 6, 1937, but if you want to read about it, here is a link: Hindenburg Disaster
So, that’s a bit of history for you today. Let’s get to sharing some poems!
Just a reminder: OLN means you can post ONE poem of your choosing (no specified form, length, word prompt etc)
Also, we request you either TAG dVerse or include a line at the end of your post that includes a link back to dVerse.
Those of you new to dVerse, here’s how to participate:
- Post any poem of your choosing on your blog or website.
- Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem
- On your blog, please provide a link back to dVerse. This enables others to enjoy our prompts, increases our readership and thus increases the responses to everyone’s poems.
- If you promote your poem on social media, use the tag #dverse poets
- And most importantly, please do read some of the other responses to the prompt and add a short comment or reaction. Everyone likes to be appreciated! The prompt is “live” for several days – as you’ll notice by the comments you’ll receive – so do stop by another day and read a few of the latecomers too!