Discrimination? Perhaps it was –
US citizens had tickets waiting in Australia,
or any other state that was home.
National Science Foundation grantees, also –
arrive Adelaide, collect ticket.
For New Zealanders,
the final part of the journey self-funded.
Not quite cattle class
the Coast Guard cutter helicopter hangar
mattresses on the floor
24-hour daylight lattituding to 16.
12 days at sea in the Southern Ocean,
Antarctica to Australia,
whales, icebergs, Southern Lights….
Only surcharge – Australia to New Zealand – no-brainer.
The last morning
all 120 queue for breakfast
a voice at the rear bellows
“ remember, it’s our last free meal.”
Everyone immediately took more.