a daily tanka — June 14

praise each grower
train driver coal loader
car and seafarer

grace of bright gantries 
at each berthing, each grain

Image: Coal loader, Port Kembla. After living here for nearly a decade, we finally did a tour of the port part of Port Kembla. While I doubt that late-stage capitalism has a future that includes us working poets, the port with its gargantuan machines was impressive, almost exciting — maybe it’s a boy thing.

I was between two offerings for today’s music and couldn’t decide. So here’s Chopin’s Nocturnes (Youtubers) played by Tunisian-French pianist Brigitte Engerer. And my other choice, thinking back to the docks, is Lee Dorsey with Working in a Coal Mine (“Lord I’m so tired”) (tubers). The whole collection is pretty good (Youtubers).

Bonus: Two additional photos of the coal loader for Misky and Mr Misky and fans of big lifts.

7 thoughts on “a daily tanka — June 14

  1. I’m remembering the post from a few days ago about the river diversions for hydro electric and now I see mountains of coal here. Seems like the sustainable is never enough to sustain, eh? My dad, grandpa, and uncle used to work in a factory that built cranes (Dressor Crane and Hoist.) The Chopin tune is haunting and beautiful. He’s another one of my favorite classical musicians, always fresh.

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  2. I’m liking your tankae. It is indeed a beautiful sight. I haven’t been down there for decades, when I did I was working on weld process monitoring at various steelworks. Today, as I wait for the lights go out, I am not in the mood for much praising. Except for you Peter, your poetry is always praiseworthy. 🧡

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  3. Now you have me dancing around the kitchen! Mr Misky is a retired Maersk man, if that means anything to you; we love cranes and top-loaders.

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  4. Years and years ago I went down (up?) to Port Kembla with AQIS to look at a bulk carrier which was being loaded with coal. Walking around the decks and below measuring pipes is probably about the most fun I’ve ever had on a working day.

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