But, I am A Moviestar

Her beauty was Titanic

– typical movie star –

but the spotlight glinting on her chest

had failed to find a heart,

sapphire between smiles, with secret stories to share

of money, music, and men

all hidden in her hair.


She had few lifeboats on deck,

Why Safety when there was Pride?

Clicking cameras predicted records

of her movies reaching high and high

and she swallowed their words whole,

while many watched her enter the sea.

It took an iceberg in the dark

to freeze her fame –

a fallen celebrity.


For a scarred woman is unwanted

by movie and theatre attendees,

What happened to the Titanic?

The woman, the beauty of a man’s dreams?

Now they watch her old movies

and pity and laugh and wait

for the construction of another ship,

as beauty can always be replaced.


Before, the cameras were always rolling,

 – freezing her every move –

creating a story full of glory and

idealism over truth her

body was a muse, and her

voice was abused to

allure people and things, while

she became intoxicated by the mad

power of

sapphire wings.


“I am Titanic, Beauty of all Beauties,

the sea is mine, and mine only to travel

gliding from England to New York

with a speed and grace to dazzle

those who whisper about me with early morning grey tea,

among old women and young girls

that can’t fathom the extent of

real beauty so they look

at billboards, at films, at picturesque magazines,

all and all and

always and always

obsessed with




(Let’s not forget that

it took a floating iceberg seen too late

to freeze her fame and chill her company.)


A typical movie star,

obsessed with money and fame

but her haughty look and attitude put

even Narcissus to shame,

a ship in an unforgiving ocean,

Who did she think was going to win?

Staring at her reflection in the water until

the glint and greed of sapphire

pulled her body in.


A year of wood and nails and iron

and the sweat of working men,

created a Beauty for the Atlantic

to travel, again and again, but

three hours of pride was enough to

pull her graceful body down,

the seafloor is the home for

movie stars with gleaming jewels

heavy enough to drown.


Sinking due to an iceberg,

– lack of foresight in disguise –

men jumped off her deck and trusted

the ocean more than her cries:

“But, I am a movie star, so

come and sail with me.

I will take you to New York, London, and Pah-ree and

when we reach our destination, I swear that you will see

the iceberg was a nuisance – a pawn of jealousy.”


In denial, she went – vanity and broken lungs,

Saphire scraping her stomach,

an anchor pulling on a body so young, so

when the New York dock was empty the next day,

the papers wanted to know,

what happened to the Beauty,

the movie star of the show?

She had spoken bold words of owning the sea,

boasted of her strength, her size, her company.



people watch her old movies

and pity and laugh and wait

for the construction of a new ship,

as beauty can always be replaced.

I first learned about the sad yet beautiful story of the Titanic when I was in grade 2. I remember being amazed at the strength of such a ship, how sturdy it must have been to be able to carry so many passengers at such a high speed. It physically hurt me when I learned that such an iconic ship sank and killed so many.

After rewatching this movie, Titanic, I learned that the head engineers of the ship purposefully brought fewer lifeboats than needed. They refused to believe that something they had created could be destroyed. At the end of the day, this pride is what brought them to their downfall. The effect of refusing to accept reality is shocking, but cannot be avoided, symbolizing the iceberg. At the point of no return, it does not matter what accomplishments one has or how much wealth they have accumulated – everything sinks along with them. 

It is easy to manifest power and ignorance, but humility in a world with consistent competition is a sign of true courage and strength.

I used the symbolism of the Titanic to represent the pride and vanity that comes along with beauty and fame. The movie star is infatuated with herself – like Narcissus – which ultimately proved to be her downfall. Sapphire was a symbol of how extravagant things need to be tamed. First, she held the jewel in her smile – over time, however, it descended to her lungs and stomach, taking away the very life she prided. 

My three values in life are kindness, humility, and honesty. This poem is a reminder to me that no matter how happy I am with my successes, pride is not the way to express my happiness. I do not want to be at the bottom of the Atlantic disillusioned by greatness that was never there. 

As for the poem itself, I followed a (mostly) solid rhyme, losing structure only when she was talking to show that she is not the esteemed individual she claims to be. The structure shows how an individual can claim to be at the top of the universe, but as soon as they boast about it, they have nothing left to show. 

This poem as inspired by Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the line “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;” was emulated in this piece to become, “I am Titanic, Beauty of all Beauties.”

As mentioned previously, this poem was also inspired by the aesthetic of the movie, Titanic.

Also, I loved the theme song for this movie, My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. If you plan on watching the movie, do not watch the video below because it spoils everything.

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4 thoughts on “But, I am A Moviestar

  1. Dear Nazeefa,
    I honestly loved reading your piece! Especially since it was inspired by the Titanic, the iconic ship thought to never sink, but did due to pride and ignorance. The way you reflected both concepts, and so much more, made this poem so intriguing and enjoyable. I especially admired how you were able to incorporate so much themes into this poem flawlessly, and by structuring it with rhyme the poem became so fun to read!
    For improvement, I can’t think of much as this poem already seems perfect. I really enjoyed all of it! This piece was breathtaking, and I hope to read more of your work in the future!
    Sincerely, Amulya

    1. Dear Amulya,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment! The Titanic is something that I am really passionate about and I am glad you were able to enjoy the work that I have.
      I look forward to your comments!

  2. Dear Nazeefa,

    I always love to read your work, it never seizes to impress! This piece in particular was extremely well-written and your spin on the Titanic was both creative and eye-opening. Having read about the Titanic on multiple occasions, I never viewed the lack of life boats as excessive pride or the iceberg as inevitable reality, but I see how it captures the essence of ‘fame’. Your piece vividly captures the story of both the Titanic and the movie star side by side. Moreover, I think it sheds an important message on being too prideful, that we as humans can never do anything wrong-ignorance isn’t always bliss. This is captured in one of my favourite lines, “I am Titanic, Beauty of all Beauties”, this emulation from Ozymandias gets the point across strong and clear.

    I agree with Amulya: both the poem and explanation are incredibly well done. I can’t think of any areas where this piece could use improvement. Everything from the poetic devices, word choice and structure work so well together. I can’t wait to read more of your work in the future!



    1. Dear Ibadat,
      Thank you so much for your comment! The poem in class and the reading of it from the director of, “Breaking Bad” inspired this piece. I am glad you appreciated it, and I also love the artful analysis that you gave here.
      I look forward to your comments!

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