it all changed, in a moment,
twinkling of an eye
Today’s haiku is adapted from the Bible verse, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:52 (KJV)
Many know it as the text to the recitation that precedes the aria, The Trumpet Shall Sound from Messiah by George Frideric Handel.
I never noticed the use of the word, Trump, but I digress.
Today is the anniversary of Handel’s death but that is incidental.
It is also the anniversary of the day when RMS Titantic hit an iceberg.
Best guess is that she hit the iceberg around 11:40PM (ship’s time) and sank at 2:20AM on April 15th.
Two hours and 40 minutes.
Less time than it takes to watch the movie, TITANIC, made in 1997.
One thing also seems to be clear from survivor interviews.
The scene in the movies where the Captain consults the ships designer (who was making the trip to check on any needed changes or improvements) really happened.
And it happened within 15 minutes of the accident.
The designer, Thomas Andrews, asked for information about the extent of the damage to Titanic.
From the answers he quickly determined two things.
One, the ship was going down and nothing could stop it.
Two, it would take about 2 hours or less.
The Captain and Officers of Titanic knew they had 2 hours to get everyone off.
A twinkling of an eye.
One moment the industrial triumph of the modern age with all the latest features in engineering brought together in one ship is steaming along, fancy free.
The next moment, that ship has become a death trap.
In a moment.
Everyone knows there weren’t enough life boats.
But there also wasn’t enough time.
Again in any of the movies on the disaster, notice that officers are trying to launch the last spare boats as the ship is going down.
Had they had more boats, it is doubtful they would have had time to launch them.
Just as an aside, when RMS Lusitania was torpedoed and sank in 1915, it had twice as many lifeboats as Titanic.
RMS Lusitania sank in 18 minutes and managed to launch six of 48 lifeboats saving about 761 passengers and crew and 1,200 people dead
SS Eastland also had a full set of lifeboats equal to the 2,600 passengers it was licensed to carry in 1915.
But Eastland turned over into the Chicago River in just 15 seconds.
No lifeboats were launched and 844 people drowned just feet from the docks in Downtown Chicago.
Back on Titanic, the Captain and the Officers had to convince the passengers that the modern marvel was a marvel no more.
And they had two hours to get their convincing done.
They had evidence evident to everyone that the ship was going down.
Water was pouring in.
The deck was taking on a pronounced forward slant.
The passengers needed more proof.
There was room for 1,200 people in the lifeboats.
There were 2,200 passengers and crew on board.
In the end, there were only 700 or so survivors.
Psalms 90, verse 4 states:
A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by
In Heaven, one day is like 1,000 years on earth.
That comes out to just over 42 years per hour.
If you live to be 80, you have about 2 of hours of Heaven time to make your mind that all this on God, Jesus and eternity is true.
A twinkling of an eye.
This ship called Earth is filling up with water.
The clock is running.