AUSFTA

1 June 2013

borne witness to the names
of the 60,000 Republic dead

stickyfooted at the monolith
equal parts David, Goliath

before windsurfing
down the runway of democracy

the Capitol (mistaken for the White House)
triumphantly crowning the National Mall

compare our bush tucker capital:
Parly’s idle spire

a eucalyptus bouquet calloused
like shearers’ hands

grass confettied with gum leaves
reprobate lawns

a malignant erasure
cloistered in the boughs

the banks of Burley Griffin
dandruffed with sleet

O’Hara’s Hamlet writing
to the Harbourmaster

his arrivals always trip wired
with plans for departure

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