Poetry

Canary-yellow sloop with a Bermuda rig

Off Melville Island on the placid green of the Timor Sea, where the giant barramundi glide beneath the surface and the Spanish mackerel swarm, that yellow sloop passes with its wandering spirits, stirring the rock cod from their drowse. Bound North by Northeast into deeper water, this untidy rover sails on a reckless journey, one exploring risky archipelagoes and realms of Third World disorder, those marked on the charts by chaos and misery. In an orange sarong the vain young captain dances across the fine teak deck, a tall and shining being in the hazy light, his confident gaze fixed…

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