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Issue #1540      21 March 2012

Poem

Sydney Harbour – Early January Morning

On the 80th anniversary of the Harbour Bridge

Moving from the harbour moorings
the people and their craft gravitate
on the opal stretch of water in the
quay.

Along the vertebrae of the harbour’s
living shell runs the browning vegetation that
smudges boundaries between land and
sea.

All the congealed labour power in the arching
bridge vibrates above the knowing Luna grin
where once trod graceful flightless
cassowaries.

Now as light thickens the chickens
pick at seed on weatherboard cottage
yards in thickets nearby green
ferries

plying the rising falling swell turn
slowly away from the choppy heads
gulls suspended above their foaming
wake.

On the decks the people stand leaning
together in the thin salt spray as brine-green
waves fall spent on harbour sands and
break.

Tom Pearson

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