Night Sailing

Slip out from port in evening dim

Colour draining from the sky

Crossing quicksilver streams

Lights red over green; sailing

Leave the fjord for open sea

Home lights slip from the horizon

Bright Hurtigruten lights chase the coast

Oilfield flares offshore

Look down over the bow

In the dark of night

Dark water, flying over fathoms deep

Constellations of phosphorescence

Wind squalls, reef the sail

Hands cramping and cold

Watching the lighthouse’s sweep

Safe to the shores of morning.

Hellisøy Lighthouse, Fedja.  Photograph by  Tord Andre Oen
Hellisøy Lighthouse, Fedja. Photograph by Tord Andre Oen
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