See Hannah Barry's article on this latest abuse of nature by government and developers in Perth, Western Australia. And my poem in response to this catastrophe:
Deathwish Imposed on Kiara Bushland
Landcorp and the developers
win always in their deathwish
endgame collusion — the killing
off, the erasing to say, This is how
it always was — old growth
just photoshopped into a history
you never had — we give you what
is: dead space to grow our buildings,
‘providing’ you places to live
where orchids and skinks,
singing and calling birds
are written off, out of the image.
Remorseless. Who do they make us?
These self-appointed speakers
for the land that was never theirs?
Housing the spirits of killed flora
and fauna as people will wonder
what it is that’s not quite right
with the air the pollen record
cemented over? Bottlebrush Drive.