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Change was coming
had come according to the politicians
came as a result of their prescience and policies.
Gone was the old economy
gone with the Ark – gone to the archive.
emitting. And dumb.
Smart was the future.
Think smart. Act smart. Work smart.
The smart economy –
Technology. Consultancy. Tourism.

Tourism a leisure package: not holiday.
A smart new smart resort – the future.
Jet ski
water ski
heli ski
paddle ski
ski ski.
Alpine walk, bush walk, river walk.
Mountain bike, forest bike, trails bike.
Spa, standard star, luxury spa, pamper spa.

A colleague went …. one of the first,
we were all curious – what did she do?
“ do?
You mean after the compulsory shag.”



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.