I ran away to sea many years ago. In 1969 I arrived in London as an economic migrant and went to register with the “Aliens Office”. P&O Lines Ltd had offered me a job as a WAP (Woman Assistant Purser) and I joined my first ship, the Arcadia. The small flags on my blue uniform jacket and white dresses showed that I could speak Dutch, French and German to all the European passengers who were going to start a new life in Australia and New Zealand.
The haiku below was first published in the 2004 Members’ Anthology of the British Haiku Society. The theme that year was “Other”.
down on the quayside
the band playing; their faces
Happy World Poetry Day!