The boat engine creeks signalling an imminent lock. A stillness follows
allowing moments of discreet reflexion. This lull precedes a to-ing
and fro-ing, a rhythm inapt to this boat’s magic allure
when it floats over the expansive Rhine with no lock
in sight, revealing to us all several picture
postcard peaceful scenes. Early this morning
the river managed to keep us well afloat.
Castles emerged atop lush green forests
while rows of houses came into view
like decorated and gilded gems.
Enchanted by this floating
vision, I dream beyond
the end of time and,
breakfast, oh, dear
I've missed it!
Published by Yayi-Australie
I am a French-born Australian linguist who loves writing about multicultural experiences. Taught English in Zambia and Papua New Guinea, gained a Doctorate with UPNG. In Western Australia I worked with migrants and Indigenous communities in Kalgoorlie and Roebourne. In charge of Amnesty International WA, then moved to Adelaide. Short-listed by The Human Rights Commission for the Literature NF Award for the anthology I edited with the Multicultural Writers Association of Australia, I later published my memoir. Volunteered with the Writers Centre, became active with PEN.
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