‘The Rhyme of the Modern Mariner’ pays homage to the wonderful character, Beckett Mariner. You can read all about her adventures, in ‘wej Duj’, the latest installation of Star Trek: Lower Decks, which aired last week. Tawny Newsome does a really great job of voicing the character. So, it only seems right that we should pay tribute to her! She joins a long list of Trek greats to go and don the uniform.
The Rhyme of the Modern Mariner
Her name is Beckett Mariner,
and her vessel the Cerritos;
at first not even her friends knew
that her mum is also her boss . . .
Though she is only ensign ranked
she’s got so many skills and tools;
she’s been demoted many times
because she loves to break the rules!
Brad Boimler’s Mariner’s best friend,
shocked often by her attitude
and disregard for protocol –
resulting in many a feud . . .
But they soon make things up again
as she saves real fights for foes –
so many times proving Starfleet’s
small folks are also big heroes
Mariner always leads the line
when they’re on voyages and treks;
she’s to the rescue, kicking ass,
Mariner: queen of Lower Decks!
All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy
Illustration by L. A. Cassidy
Perhaps readers of a literary persuasion may have noticed something about this poem . . . It’s inspired by ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The famous poem also uses tropes of seafaring (and Mariner’s name!). Seasoned Trekkies will know Star Trek has long celebrated naval tradition. So, the two indeed go hand in hand. See you next week readers, ye salty sea dogs!