The poetry is about Cornwall, beset by tourists, who are wrecking the place, as seen by aloving outsider who accepts that he, too is a tourist. When the profound judgement, which he seems to hope for, descends on the tourists and washes away all of their works, he knows he too will be destroyed. In this he reminded me of Corwin from the Amber Chronicles, who, declaiming being a hero, states that on the day of judgement which holy men preach but do not believe, he will be cast into hell, but until then he will be an evil which fights other evils. An odd note to strike, and enjoyable when living in a tourist mecca like the Gold Coast which is debating its identity.
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