Sydney’s shape was determined by the sea, and like the sea it lies open and glowing to the eye.
When it rains in Sydney the water comes down in sheets, ….shoes grow mould in cupboards.
But the Sydney you remember is a soft light on golden sandstone, the attack of the ocean, the shelter of the Harbour.
~ Geoffrey Dutton 1980
Joy of harbours
Ferries sidling in,
Made fast by creaking ropes,
Two lovers going ashore,
her warm arm around him. ~ Geoffrey Dutton
misty & late
we ran down the hill
to the water where
the ferry waited
i stood on the wharf
& watched you
float across the harbour
like an arm
~ Morning / Sketch By Richard Tipping
Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton (2 August 1922 – 17 September 1998) was an Australian author, poet and historian.
Richard Tipping was born in Adelaide in 1949. He studied at Flinders University in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and about this time became involved in the ‘New Australian Poetry’.