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.