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  • Writer's pictureJacqueline Le Sueur

honour in the park

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

walking Van Dieman’s Land Hobart following footsteps through the park christmas roses on the arm of campanulas sashaying in the winter wind an oxymoronic botanical dance appropriate given the place

isle of heat to the north isle of ice to the south between this isle of freedom & hope place of salvation when the centuries turned 18th to 19th settlement ships sailing south feeding their human cargo on dreams

time moves on 21st century now resides in the park where vertical walls carry your headstones telling your story explaining how you stained the earth with your blood and why the ether echoes with your tears

so many lives measured not in years but in days or months

you are honoured now finally very right

Written in Hobart, Tasmania. Posted the day after Holocaust Memorial Day and 3 days after Australia Day.

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