sunset fleet

Gathering at harbour

towards evening

the heat of the day

still intense

a chattering assembly

clambered up the plank

to the scrubbed deck all

grateful for breeze

at that altitude

even before the little

ship set sail


Tihana, Alessandro, Goran,

Mauro, Sara, Luka, Maria,

Javier, Assunta, Stefano,

Mia, Gio


talk was inconsequential

of yesterday, today, tomorrow

of weather, wine and water

of this wondrous fleet and

of who, what, why and where and

had I been in an olive grove

instead of aboard I’d

have thought of cicadas

until homeward reflection

on sunset dolphins leaping

sounded like silently

thankful prayer

Poreč, Croatia

July 2016