Almanac Poetry: Manly Ferry in Thunderstorm



Trouble brewing in the skies above a Manly Ferry [Source: Bernard Spragg/Flickr]


Manly Ferry in Thunderstorm


Skies grimmest
dark lead.


Lashing rain
on white-capped Sydney Harbour.


Fork lightning spikes,
the desolate arc.


Black thunder unfurls, reverberates.


The ferry creaks and pitches. Inside,
I fix my eyes on land, afraid,
silently praying for refuge.




(Acknowledgement: first appeared in my fifth poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws…I’m Feeling Too Indolent, Ginninderra Press, South Australia. 2023.)




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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, will be published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. DBalassone says

    Gripping stuff KD. I felt your fear.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, DB.

    As I recall, when the ferry trip started from Circular Quay, the weather was fine. But it suddenly turned very nasty.

  3. DBalassone says

    Puts a new spin on ‘ As the Manly Ferry cuts its way to Circular Quay.’

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Ha, yes, DB.

    ‘As the Manly Ferry, narrowly avoids disaster / On its way from Circular Quay…’

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