Paul Archer - photo Paul Archer - poet, translator



Archer River

When dreams take you somewhere
it's never as good when you get there.

It was just sand and a sluggish red
current with crocs on the bend,

but I had to wade into the water
of the Archer River in Australia,

in Far North Queensland, far
from a schoolboy's inky finger

tracing its course on an atlas
in a dusty schoolroom in Sussex.

So years later I kept my promise.
But I wouldn't want to go there twice,

it's never as good when you get there
when dreams take you somewhere.

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