The following poem was written by Ruth Inglis following her attendance at the May 2011 BIHS meeting. At that meeting a stone axehead, which had been found on Bribie Island in 1935, was shown to those present.
A PRESENT FROM THE PAST
|Stone axehead held by Betty McDermid, May 2011.|
It was found in 1935 on Bribie Island.
Estimated to be 15,000 years old.
Photo: Barry Clark
And as I held it time rolled back (that formless thing so vast
its insubstantial curtain dims our knowledge of the past),
I saw a black man kneeling, he was chipping at a stone
To form a sharp-edged blade - sharp enough to cut through bone.
Written by Ruth Inglis, 2011.