After the conquest of new, found land,
he wanted to go further than any had before him.
He went chasing Venus,
who flew at quite a pace across the sun.
Sealed orders dictated the next discovery:
Passing through the Tasman Sea, over coral,
stingray, and weedy sea dragons,
he found the place where sacrifices were made.
This civilised creature laboured to identify
a great quantity of plants never before seen.
The catalogue grew: 1,300 specimens.
The food, medicine and decorations of the Eora people
named into a scientific sort of existence.
Blandfordia nobilis: a perianth, brownish red with yellow lobes;
tube narrowed in lower third.
Bidens pilosa: a hairy, densely woody herb -
leaves toothed, 3 or 5-lobed.
Epacris longiflora,…Lambertia formosa…
Contours mapped, characteristics identified,
his chest swelled from one ennobling inch to another.
The originals watched, transmogrified.