Port Arthur – Saxby Pridmore

(for Dag Aarsland*)

 

There’s not much to see, really

at Port Arthur. Some sandstone ruins

of a couple of centuries

in a country

four hundred thousand centuries old.

 

Souvenirs, of the evil hand of man

dozing

not extinct (see Bosnia).

 

Written for an overseas visitor* twelve months before the Port Arthur massacre.

 

Originally published in Studio, 2001