In opdracht van Cruise Port Terminal schreef ik twee gedichten. Het eerste gedicht, mijn eerste Engelstalige werk, was voor het ms Koningsdam en werd cadeau gedaan aan de kapitein. Het tweede gedicht, tevens Engelstalig, werd cadeau gedaan aan het ms Harmony of the Seas. Bij het eerste bezoek van dit cruise schip (het grootste ter wereld) aan Rotterdam, overhandigden directrice Mai Elmar en burgemeester Aboutaleb de sleutel van de stad aan de kapitein van het schip. Op die bijzondere gelegenheid, werd mij gevraagd om mijn gedicht voor te dragen. Tevens werd het gedicht cadeau gedaan aan de kapitein van de Harmony. Sinds dit jaar varen er dus twee gedichten de wereld over, mee op twee prachtige schepen!

Beyond Borders – voor het ms Koningsdam

Shipping had the city blooming. Ships, they brought us life. Loading, unloading, from bow to stern, both day and night. Leaving travellers and sailors, we waved as they went away: ferning lives insides us, the harbour is our DNA.

Pictures in black and white, they show us our ‘then’ but it’s also the ‘now’ we cherish. The glory from old days: it simply didn’t parish. The ongoing entering and leaving, it’s how it was and will be. The only difference is full colour in the pictures that we see.

From port to starboard, while the water flows. The gate to the world is the gate to a city where passenger transport grows. Build on two shores, where many stories start. The crown on our work is this majestic ship in our city’s heart.

Home of the Koningsdam, the result of fearless dreaming. Confirmation of the past and a future we believe in. Possibilities unlimited, there’s not much we can’t do. We celebrate in green-white-green, this royal point of view.

The christening of a brand new ship, Dutch history takes a special turn. With this state of the art ship, with Rotterdam at its stern. With this ship we’re once again at a legendary peak. On the point of where what was, is and what will be – we’ll meet.

The course is clear: a safe trip and full speed ahead. We go beyond borders…

Waves of Sound – voor het ms Harmony of the Seas

built to move and defy
the way one conducts
to the fullest of conviction
both majestic and elegant

rivers they just prelude
towards the big blue
the oceans form a masterpiece
composing, so delecate

water streams and splashes
gushes, babbles, pounds
water flows and dashes
forming waves of sound

every drop, it clashes 
rushes, buzzes, tones 
every drop, it slashes 
ships, they read the notes

as the sun drops, the moon keeps watch
over dark heavens full of stars
the bow smoothly cuts
through loads and loads of bars

steadily moving, shore to shore
though the orchestra interrupts
while seas make music
the Harmony conducts