Claudina collected some of her works into a volume entitled “Carnations for Mother’s Day”, although it was never published. Among the poems is one that she wrote within days of hearing of the Titanic disaster in 1912.
In the forward of her book she writes:
The poem of the Titanic was written at the time of the disaster. The facts I gathered from the telegrams published in the local papers, which, at that time was supplied them by the West India and Panama Telegraph Company. It was completed about five days after the event took place-- before any other accounts in the American papers were received here.
Far across the boundless ocean,
Goes the call to ships around.
“C.Q.D. Collided iceberg,”
Faint and blurred the signal sound.
From the largest, proudest vessel-
Of the giant White Star line-
The Titanic, sailing westward,
O’er the calm, and treacherous brine.
Three great steamers to the rescue..
Race across the trackless main,
But, of that ill-fated liner,
Not a sign or trace remain.
Sunk, with 1600 mortals,
In the oceans icy bed,
There to wait, in holy silence,
Till the sea gives up its dead.
The Carpathia, God bless her,
Does her noble duty well,
Caring for the rescued voyagers,
With a zeal of which all tell.
Doing all in Christian kindness,
Treating rich and poor aright,
Honor to the brave Carpathia,
For the deed she did that night.
Tales of sorrow and of suffering,
Told they all, that rescued few,
Of that night, a deadly horror,
Which their number did pass through.
Told how when two boats turned over,
Such a cry the heavens rent,
Laughing, weeping, cursing, praying,
Into one wild chaos blent.
And, they told – those seven hundred,
Who, of all aboard survived,
Of wild scenes, and anguish partings,
When the time to leave arrived.
Tales of superhuman courage,
Heroism grand and brave,
How the last act, of their captain
Was an infants life to save.
How from out the sinking vessel,
Floated fourth in strains so grand,
Waltzes gay, and lively ragtimes,
Played by her heroic band.
Till at last in solemn measure,
Came “ Nearer My God to Thee. ”
Breaking in heart, melting cadence
O’er the silence of the sea.
Solemnly the notes ascended
To the pitying starlit sky,
From that band of brave musicians,
Who like heroes knew to die.
Who shall say, but that they mounted
To the throne of God, above,
Mingling with the angel’s welcome
To their homes, of joy, and love.
Father in thy holy keeping,
Leave we them, in perfect trust,
Comfort Thou, the stricken nation,
Holy Father, comfort us.
Teach us, in our hour of peril,
Fearlessly, to cling to Thee,
Death is robbed of every terror
When, “ Nearer My God to Thee.”