Sandstone strata, gambling data,
Heart starter, business martyr,
Or just smarter?

Berriedale peninsula, location insular,
Extra curricula, content particular,
Or just testicular?

Mona leaser, smile teaser,
Crowd pleaser, guilt appeaser,
Or just an achiever?

Who else to turn to?

Our politicians are beset by anaemia,
Public intellectuals lost in academia,
The religious peddling anaesthesia.

The press never seems to press ahead,
Communities scattered, thinly spread.
Social media? – we might as well be dead.
And, worst of all, poets unread.

Hobart August 2016