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Lying Down on the Job ~ Reflecting on Bondi

They too soaked up the sun
let it beat on their worried brows,
erasing the fears and the tears
while the salt water washed away the
pain of living so young yet not free,
in doubt and too often in fear.

Yet it was for this very scene,
this moment,
this view
that they so bravely endured
the dark days and disquiet,
the deprivations and privations
of World War Two

And so it was with joy
that she stood beside me there
her face aglow with more than the brightness
of a warm spring day
as she gazed below
on the crowds of the free!
the young
oblivious revellers in the fruits
of labours long worn
and a victory
hard won

They never laid down on the job!

©Jan Stead 2008

Lying Down on the Job

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In 2008 my mum had a minor stroke, and to help her regain her confidence, my sister and I took her to Sydney for a weekend.
One of the first places we visited was Bondi Beach.
It brought back memories of visiting often many years ago…..and also stirred my imagination.

An avid photographer, both still and moving, since I was 10 years old, I later discovered and developed a particular love of macro, which is one of my main genres. More recently, however, my repertoire has broadened to include stained glass windows and particularly the stunning beauty of outback New South Wales and South Australia.
I hope you enjoy the beauty of the Creation, captured and presented here for you.

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  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonabout 2 years ago

    wow this is such a great piece Jan! awesome work!!

  • Wow!! Thank you so much Paul. I’m flattered… all my [decent] writing…it just flowed. Almost wrote itself.
    So I sort of felt as thought it magically appeared, unbidden.


    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...about 2 years ago

    So well written Jan! It is my honor to feature this!

  • Oh Julie….I am so humbled that you have featured it. Actually gobsmacked (is that an Aussie expression?!?!] and stunned might be closer to the mark! lol! :O
    Particularly as I only posted it last night.

    So thank you so very very much indeed….


    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

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