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New York without you

That place was pretty.
It had everything you could ever dream of;
People from all around the world full of life, hopes, and dreams.
but sadly, I could not find too much beauty in this magical place.
I spent my time thinking of you,
in hopes that I would somehow run in to you.
The sun was shining, he was there, but he was not you.

In New York, the couples are roaming the streets.
They were in love, hand in hand, smiles all around.
Whispering into each other’s ears, and laughing off the day away.

By this point, you made your way to Georgia,
and the last thing you said was “New York isn’t my home”
Your home was in her arms wrapped in silk sheets caressing her skin,
and feeling the touch of her body against yours.
You said we could no longer be,
and ever since, I roam the New York streets, walking the miles figuring out what went wrong.
Catching the eyes of lost strangers,
they all seem to resemblance a piece of you.
maybe one day, I’ll continue to roam the streets,
and you’ll bump into me,
and if time is right,
I’ll be right for you.

– Topaz P.


The Ghost Ship of Kentucky

Tucked away in a small creek just a bit downstream from Cincinnati, Ohio rests a 114 year old ghost ship known as the Celt. It simply fascinates me the history that this one ship has and upon first glance of this rusted hulk you would never imagine so. Originally setting sail back in 1902 as a luxury yacht of a wealthy railroad executive, Celt was 180 feet long and powered by steam. The ship changed hands in 1917 when the US Navy started renting small, quick vessels to outmaneuver German U-boats during World War I. It was during this time that it was renamed the USS Sachem (SP-192) and was used as a coastal patrol boat after being outfitted with depth charges and machine guns. One of the most notable things about it’s life during WWI is that it was loaned to Thomas Edison while he conducted US Government funded experiments onboard in New York as head of the Naval Consulting Board.

After the end of WWI the Sachem changed owners a couple of times before landing back in the hands of the Navy for $65,000 in 1942. The Navy then changed the name to USS Phenakite (PYc-25) and used the vessel to patrol the waters off of the Florida Keys. Phenakite was used for a brief time after WWII to train soldiers to test sonar equipment before being decommissioned and returned to the previous owner in 1945. Subsequently it was sold to Circle Line of NYC and renamed Sightseer but was soon renamed Circle Line V and served as a tour boat until 1983. In 1986 a Cincinnati local named Robert Miller bought the ship for a mere $7,500 and before leaving the New York Harbor it had a cameo in Madonna’s video for ‘Papa Don’t Preach’. After traveling up the Hudson, through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi and into the Ohio River, the ship settled in a small creek next to Miller’s property in Northern Kentucky where it has rested since.