flinders keepers

on a piece of land near euston station
for project crossrail excavations
they found the grave of Matthew Flinders
an eighteenth century navigator
who sailed the continent of Australia
similarly the coast of Tasmania
but heading home stopped in at MauritiusIMG_0332
where they threw him in gaol for looking suspicious
it was there he lost poor faithful Trim
the cat who’d sailed the world with him
‘eaten by a catophage’ his journal read
(because there was nothing else to eat instead)

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