Poetry

Offshore

The gathering with placards is,

give or take, the normal size.

The speech is not unlike the last

but tweaked for the occasion,

a five-year anniversary

for which the government – and, yes,

its cheerful opposition –

show not the least concern.

The long, unbearable unfairness

continues unredeemed.

Car horns on the road nearby

chip in some short support.

Towards the end the speaker notes

the government’s composure now

is splitting just a little,

that all these hours of principle

are not without effect.

Plastic buckets move around;

donations from the faithful.

A woman’s winding up the show

with practicalities.

The banners and their exhortations

are stowed away for next time.

The speaker’s no less eloquent

packing up his portable

PA and podium.

He does it with the same conviction.

And as the crowd disperses

a small determination

hangs there in the air.

Get the latest essay, memoir, reportage, fiction, poetry and more.

Subscribe to Griffith Review or purchase single editions here.

Griffith Review