Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Catho


From the local press.


WATERY WEDNESDAY

CATHO

Maybe I look fragile, being battered by the sea,
But everybody hopes there's still a lot of life in me.
For I'm the pier at Catho....that's Catherine Hill Bay.
(Australians always nick-name things in their own peculiar way!)
Catho was a mining town, in the days of long ago,
When life was very different, and the pace was much more slow.
The coal-ships used to leave from here; the pier was then essential,
But now the township's just a haven, quietly residential.
It's threatened, though! Developers have set their greedy sights
On the little old-time houses there and think they're theirs' by rights!

The way of life is threatened; a massive suburb looms,
Great mansions will no doubt arise with a thousand fancy rooms!

We hope the sun's not setting on our lovely Catho Bay!
We hope the desire for progress will let this one treasure stay!
No doubt this is a mock-up but the message is quite true.
And this is the Developer! Everyone shout out 'Boo!'
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THE SEARCH PARTY!
The search-party!
It's here!
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How long can I crouch here,
Cold from the water,
Cold from
Fear?
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How long? How long?
They have already found him.
Before they find me?
And then?
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I didn't mean to kill him!
.......No-one will believe that!
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I shall say it was playful wrestling.
Well, it was, in a way.
Or was it?
It started out that way.
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But I was foolish to slap him!
His eyes changed,
His mouth tightened,
He looked threatening.
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'Did he threaten you?'
They'll say.
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All he said was
'You shouldn't have done that.'
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'I wouldn't call that a threat'.
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'It was the way he said it.'
'Explain.'
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'I suddenly felt afraid.
I pushed him, two hands against his chest.
He fell back
Against the rock.
I felt sure he was dead!
I panicked.
I picked up the rock.
Fingerprints!
Already I was behaving like a criminal!'
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'And where is this rock?'
'I threw it in the river.'
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'Would that be when you rolled him into the water too?'
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' I was an idiot!
I thought it would look less....... incriminating.....
A drowning'.
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'How did you feel 
When he screamed as he hit the water?'
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They're here.
I may as well stand  up and meet them.
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Now it all begins.
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2 comments:

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

You always have such great posts when I visit...and your photos are super.

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My link above for Watery Wednesday. Hope you can stop by for a visit and view. Happy day!!!

Jan n Jer said...

Love your photos n stories, always entertaining. Thanks for sharing