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Post by Mahalia » 21 Jul 2018, 13:27

PORT ARTHUR JAIL IS IN DECAY ...Maureen Clifford © The #ScribblyBark Poet

The word is out. Port Arthur jail it seems is in decay
the edifice is crumbling to dust, eaten away
because disgruntled convicts mixed salt water with cement
to weaken its hold on the bricks. Released from interment
when all the walls came tumbling down, they’d find themselves set free
which was a hare brained plan I think as they were girt by sea.
And patience is a virtue – sure the time it took was long
before the walls came crumbling down the convicts were long gone.

Today the structure has been deemed by clever engineers
to be a mere ten percent acceptable by their peers.
How slack is that – can one imagine such a building farce?
Those convicts from the early days need kicking up their arse.
I mean to say that really is just slack and shoddy work.
It’s only stood a short time out there on Tassie dirt.
One hundred and eighty years plus its withstood cold and rain.
I wonder if our modern homes today will do the same?

They say they need six million to repair, rebuild, restore...
they should give the job to Bob the builder doubt that he’d charge more.
They say it needs a new frame now to hold the brickwork up
and Governments will not commit to buy this wonky pup.
It may be heritage listed and part of our history
but the builders should be blackballed, they were shonky as you see.
Though I’ve heard we’ve shonky builders on the mainland still today
so I doubt anything that they do will last long anyway. :heeheehee
The Scribbly Bark Poet
see some scribbles here - http://scribblybarkpoetry.blogspot.com.au/

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