At that time there was no avenue for anything that referred to same sex love.
It was written in a loose iambic pentameter, octave rhyme, as a form of cloaking the subject matter. It was written as a catharsis and for an English class -- the Professor rejected it.
It is a story poem of disaster on a Navy ship, and the display of spiritual love of one man for another.
It is being told by myself. It is what I saw. IT IS NOT EROTICA.
And please, please review it. Good, bad or otherwise. Sorry it doesn't offer zero for a rating. I'm Zero.