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Katherine Gallagher

Art Class on Observatory Hill, Sidney

Here, the sea’s bowl –
the harbour with still, white boats
and coloured flags – a Dufy carnival,
lines crisscrossing, the arch of the bridge
against roofs of scattered houses, shops.
It is afternoon, late summer –
how the promise of ships lies lazily
across the myriad bays
reaching as far as eye can see.
The landscape-class, easels set up
have it leisurely before them.
Their canvasses reflect this bluest of light
where the tutor’s words float like gulls
wheeling in and out among Moreton Bay figs.

Katherine Gallagher

first published in collection Fish Rings on Water, 1989, Forest Books;
later in Carnival Edge: New and Selected Poems, (pbk & hbk), 2010, Arc Publications