Wednesday, December 8, 2010


From the local press.



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!'


The search-party!
It's here!
How long can I crouch here,
Cold from the water,
Cold from
How long? How long?
They have already found him.
Before they find me?
And then?
I didn't mean to kill him!
.......No-one will believe that!
I shall say it was playful wrestling.
Well, it was, in a way.
Or was it?
It started out that way.
But I was foolish to slap him!
His eyes changed,
His mouth tightened,
He looked threatening.
'Did he threaten you?'
They'll say.
All he said was
'You shouldn't have done that.'
'I wouldn't call that a threat'.
'It was the way he said it.'
'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.
Already I was behaving like a criminal!'
'And where is this rock?'
'I threw it in the river.'
'Would that be when you rolled him into the water too?'
' I was an idiot!
I thought it would look less....... incriminating.....
A drowning'.
'How did you feel 
When he screamed as he hit the water?'
They're here.
I may as well stand  up and meet them.
Now it all begins.


Hootin Anni said...

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


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