The singer hires a boat
and sails out, then drops anchor
a hundred metres from the pier.
Then he gets to his feet,
holding a megaphone, and begins
singing a reggae song.
A toddler on the black beach
starts dancing, a dog howls,
three cats come to listen.
Someone shouts to him in German
to fuck off. He increases
the volume, till the whole village
is out dancing, including
Germans, who denounce the first
Neinsager, and sing along.
Sunbathers trickle down the hill
to see what’s happening.
The artists come to investigate.
Then the singer switches off,
takes the boat out to sea,
and shortly disappears.
The crowd call after him
but he’s gone. They drift back
to their quiet worlds.