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Poetry By: Philip Roberts

Black comedy poem about the over-zealousness of Heritage Australia. As brutal irony would have it, a tear or so after I wrote this poem Heritage Australia actually did list a toilet, which they claimed was built in the 1790s.

Submitted:Jan 24, 2011    Reads: 32    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

There's a corrugated-iron dunny
That renovators have just found,
It has stopped their renovations 'cause
Heritage won't let them tear it down.

It's seems this iron dunny
Can be proven a hundred years old,
It's an important part of our heritage
Or so we have been told.

The iron is almost rust away
The wooden seat is broken in two,
But it's an important part of
Melbourne's heritage
So what else could they do?

The iron container under the seat
Is full of a brown, foul-smelling muck,
But finding this great heritage treasure
Was an important piece of luck.

Australia are all chuffed
At this important, wonderful find,
But the renovators who have lost their jobs
Are in a different frame of mind.

Still it's good to see Heritage
Are taking their job so seriously,
Even if to the Man in the street it seems
Their minds work mysteriously.

© Copyright 2011
Philip Roberts


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