sydney

Written by: jan oskar hansen

The ship has docked in Sydney harbour officials
have come and gone now the ship is eerily silent, 
yet noisy slamming of doors and someone taking
a shower…laughter. How can I sleep tonight with 
the engine stopped? How can I read and not hear 
human bravura? Sod it all, someone strums a guitar, 
and I hear the fizzing sound of canned beer flipped 
open. No this can´t go on better go ashore, a bar, 
drink a few schooners, try joining the hubbub of man
at ease and not think of the sea, dolphins blue,
white crested waves and the hum of the sea goddess,  
that teases me for my cowardice for not taking 
the plunge and be as beautiful as the seascape of my
impossible dreams. Easy, tomorrow will be a mundane
Tuesday and we, if the dockers do not strike, should
be bound for Brisbane where the beer tastes the same,
of amalgamated breweries. Yet, despite my lack of fine 
culture, I saw Sidney opera house casting dignified light 
into the bay…