Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Failure is never quite so frightening as regret.


The Tasman Bridge is a five-lane bridge crossing the Derwent River, near the CBD of Hobart, Tasmania. It connects us on the Eastern Shore - the best shore, not just because of Henry and Ezra, but also the location of the Hobart International Airport, the Geilston Bay Community Centre, as well as the home of the 2006/7 Sheffield Shield winners the Tasmanian Tigers (Bellerive Oval) - with the dregs on the other side. The bridge itself if 1,395 metres long, and has a pedestrian foot way on each side for those willing to risk the winds.

Today's poem? Australian Kenneth Slessor's Beach Burial
Softly and humbly to the Gulf of Arabs
The convoys of dead sailors come;
At night they sway and wander in the waters far under,
But morning rolls them in the foam.

Between the sob and clubbing of the gunfire
Someone, it seems, has time for this,
To pluck them from the shallows and bury them in burrows
And tread the sand upon their nakedness;

And each cross, the driven stake of tidewood,
Bears the last signature of men,
Written with such perplexity, with such bewildered pity,
The words choke as they begin -

'Unknown seaman' - the ghostly pencil
Wavers and fades, the purple drips,
The breath of wet season has washed their inscriptions
As blue as drowned men's lips,

Dead seamen, gone in search of the same landfall,
Whether as enemies they fought,
Or fought with us, or neither; the sand joins them together,
Enlisted on the other front.


6 comments:

me said...

Does the Australian Antarctic Territory qualify as International?

Who Is Tim Burton? said...

Hi! Kris,
Thanks-for the quote,
information, lovely poem and
most definitely, the photograph of
the The Tasman Bridge.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

yamini said...

The panoramic view offered in the second photograph is a beauty. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kris said...

Me, do they even fly there? They don't do NZ any more, and the promise Singapore link hasn't eventuated, yet they keep that name...

Kris said...

DeeDee, it is a ripping poem.

Kris said...

Yamini, one day I'll get off my bum and take some snaps from the middle of the bugger.