Sydney Refracted – Peter Lach-Newinsky

Skyscraper shells ebb & flow waves of light
crystallized from some radioactive jelly ball white
in oceanic space, glint down into viridescent caverns
shadowed with sharks, protean projections
algae-carpet rocks, floating nets & figments stippled
with a crustacean imagination belled with Slessor,
Philip, Eora, the harbour a city’s submerged door
in blue diaphanous sediment rife with light ripple
money roar, transparent concrete, an invisible herd
of cabled rails spitting finance at fifty feet filled
with aqueous elegies, scurrying soft fin carapaces
craning down over construction sites of the word
unionized to the hilt, marooned like Atlantis, Jonas
in some future’s belly we’d rather not caesar or seize.