Every winter the same procedure. Greek sailors fighting the rough sea and the bad weather to transfer passengers and transport goods between the mainland and the islands.
This time, the video of Blue Star Ferry Paros reminded me of the poem of Greek poet and academic Zacharias Papantoniou, the poem “Where are you going, little boat?” (1920) we used to learn by heart at school.
“Where are you going , little boat, in such weather?
The sea fights you, aren’t you afraid?
Winds are whistling, water falls.
Where are you going, little boat, in such weather?”
To a country far way I go
Many lighthouses will light so I can pass
North-winds, south winds I’ll find but I’ll reach
with treble breeze, with upright sail.
And what if the coves have set ambush at night?
What if the wave fall upon you like a beast
Getting the sailors, the helmsman?
Where are you going, little boat, in such weather?
Up in the chapel of the white rock
They held a secret mess for me
Jesus, upright, touches my wheel
Virgin Mary stands on my bow.
modestly translated by KTG
Blue Star Ferry Paros seen sailing between the islands of Mykonos and Tinos in the north Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, on November 30th 2016.
Greek seamen are on 48-hour strike from Sunday, Dec 4th 2016 at 6:00 am until Tuesday, Dec 6th 2016 at 6:00, claiming their labor and pension rights ahead of the implementation of the Updated Bailout Agreement as of 1.1.2017. It is the second strike action within a couple of days.
PS I hope, you didn’t get sea sick watching the video