Byron Bay

Mark Roberts

 

the old whaling station

stood here

wasted

away

now

sand

slightly

thicker

blood

or whale blubber

 

ghost whales

swim offshore

songs of harpoons

pikes and rifles

remember

a crimson ocean

 

picture

a whale carcass

on a trolley

&

rows of workers’ cars

lined up

in a sandy carpark

 

Mark Roberts is a Sydney based writer and critic. He is the founding editor of Rochford Street Review (http://rochfordstreetreview.com/) and is currently poetry editor for Social Alternatives journal. His collection of poems, Concrete Flamingos, will be published by Island Press early in 2016.

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