Waterway Waltz

On the River Medway, at the broad bend entering Limehouse Reach, a vessel sails majestically into view. I sit on a bench-seat, on Platform 2, overlooking the scene. She’s a large ship as blue as the ocean. Still and silent at that distance. The crew invisible to me. Then a smaller, grey vessel appears. It’s ploughing a way up stream. The two ships slide past each other in the narrow channel desperately slowly. They pass feet apart and, clear of the other, the come to and pirouette like dancers in a choreographed ballroom move. The sound of their orchestra is lost in the soundless distances and faint hum of commuters waiting. The two ships grind round on their axes until they face one another again. But why? What was this all about? I knew from experience of observation the ships would dock on the wharf opposite. So why the grand manoeuvres? Why not dock facing the way they were? These questions would remain unanswered. My train slips onto its own wharf, to take me away and leave the ships and their crews to a different day.

About malekmontag

I am a writer and a wage-slave, and proud father of George Giraffe. I live in the UK, but I exist everywhere. My first stories were published this year (2016) in Short Stories and Tall Tales (Atla Publishing). Follow me on Twitter @Malek_Montag15. My Work is also available on Niume.com.
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One Response to Waterway Waltz

  1. Smudge says:

    Well, what an intriguing story and a cliff hanger too! This sounded like they were squaring up to each other, for a fight? For a dance? Who knows?

    Like

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