(after the painting by Jeffrey Smart)



Winter morning, the moon

shocked by sunrise. Seabirds, salt-breeze,

the sand as yet unbroken


by human feet. Are we the first

to walk here? No, such early thoughts

are foolish. Like us,


the beach

has been washed

by a second language,


by the slow

nocturnal rhythms of black water -

see how they recede


and what they've left

                 of us.

'Holiday Resort' was commissioned as part of a series of workshops held by poet Craig Billingham with Meghan Brunet's Year 10 English class at Pedare Christian College. During the workshops, Craig explored the Toilet Doors learning resource with the students, introducing them to guerrilla poetry concepts and methods.