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As the crow flies

Dawn. Nanna and Pa sit on the verandah, knitting and reading.
Watching the roos graze…

Five miles down the road
the neighbours’ anklebiters scoff soggy Weetbix
and milk with heaps of Milo.
Mum peels a rockmelon
and throws the rinds in the chookbucket under the sink.
The rocky devoured,
little voices beg to go on the tramp.
‘Make sure you take turns!’ she calls as she sips her cuppa
and stares vacantly through the flyscreen…

On the way into town, road workers break for smoko
lighting ciggies, telling yarns
gasbagging about last night’s exploits.
Traffic crawls past.
‘Get a geez at that ute — it’s a bloody beauty!’ says Ron.
‘And check out the sheila driving! She’s got more front than Myers!
Wouldn’t mind a bird like that!’
The Summer day heats up as they talk
and the ‘blasted blowies’ stick to arms, backs, faces…

At the milkbar
the local kids’ bikes lie abandoned on the footpath
and they stand on tiptoe at the counter
pondering what treasures their pocket money can afford.
Icypoles, bullets, teeth, fags, redskins…

A few blocks away, it’s Kate’s birthday party.
Dad runs the sack races on the back lawn
while her sisters thread the Cheezels onto a string for the Cheezel Munch.
Her toddler brother sits playing amidst the discarded Pass the Parcel wrapping…

Over the back fence, the smell of a BBQ is irresistible.
Jason and Kellie are inside putting on their togs to run through the sprinkler.
Bruce stands with a tinnie in one hand and tongs in the other
and calls out, “Kids! Snags ‘n chops are ready. Bring the sauce!”

The sun blazes high…

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  • Goldenspirit
    Goldenspiritabout 5 years ago

    What a lovely picture of life you paint. I just love this it took me to a lovely place. :))

  • Thanks for commenting on my poem, Rob! It’s a bit of a tribute to ‘the way things were’…

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Darren Stones
    Darren Stonesabout 5 years ago

    I love a good BBQ. Enjoyable reading and it brought back some good memories, Mieke. Well done.

  • Thanks, Darren. It’s a bit of nostalgia… things have changed, even in the country… my childhood was really different to that of the kids I teach now – and it wasn’t that long ago! I think they’re missing out :(

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Goldenspirit
    Goldenspiritabout 5 years ago

    Understand better now. Nostalgia.!! My very thoughts. The kids dont and cant realise just how much freedom and natural enjoyment has been stolen from them. :)

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 5 years ago

    Wow!! Mieke…this creates very vivid imagery. Well done You – I love it!

  • Thanks Sonia!! :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 5 years ago

    Just wonderful… So often heard the phrase… You bloody little beauty!!! … And howz about that Sheila from Wodonga… Theres a kind of rythm in the Aussie slang… Geez they were the good old days hey…. I used to work in a milk bar mysefl too, called ‘Chew n Spew’ by the locals .. Lol… Loved reading your stories … Thx so much, it was so enjoyable :)

  • Thanks, Karin! I lived in America for four years and missed the Aussie colloquialisms sooo much… even words like “mozzie” and “sunnies” and “breakkie”… the really good ones aren’t used so much anymore though – like the rhyming slang (“dead horse” and “pat malone”) and the ones that are now deemed sexist/racist/discriminatory in one way or another… Not that I condone sexism/racism/discrimination, but a lot of it was harmless… Anyway, thanks for commenting!!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Paul Dean
    Paul Deanover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Mieke. Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 6th June 2010. Love the typical Aussie ways written in typical Aussie language!

  • Thanks, Paul! It’s hard to reconcile the difference between what I experienced as a kid and what I see kids doing in their spare time these days… This poem leaves me a bit sad really! But thanks heaps for the feature!! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Janette Rodgers
    Janette Rodgersover 4 years ago

    Boy, that sure did bring back happy childhood memories for me Mieke. Well done – your writing is always a pleasure to read. Congrats on the feature too. Cheers Jan

  • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment (as always!) Jan. I’m very grateful :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 3 years ago

    Ooh, a fantastic piece, Mieke – so wonderfully evocative!! I can taste those Redskins right now :))

  • I haven’t had a Redskin for YEARS! Yep- those were the days =D

    – Mieke Boynton

  • shallay
    shallayover 3 years ago

    Yes, I remember the teeth and the fags! (And little packets of sultanas for 5c)
    Great stuff. Love the language, and especially the chookbucket under the sink… now it would be the worm farm?

  • Lol! I’ve never had a worm farm… but I live in a town where a lot of people still have chooks in the yard :) Fresh eggs are the best!!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • uncleblack
    uncleblackover 2 years ago

    i love these kind of descriptive poems, that paint a realyl clear picture of a time. lovely.

  • :) :) :) Thanks for poking your head into this little (much-neglected) ‘corner’ of my Bubble profile… It’s been a long time since I sat down to write. I’m going camping next weekend and will take my notebook with me. Hopefully I can put the camera in my bag and get some ideas on paper while I’m there!

    – Mieke Boynton

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