by David Leigh
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
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East Perth was, for some years, the forgotten place. Nestling in the crooked arm of the Swan River, it was once a place of great signifigance to Local Aboriginal people. They ate Kooyong ( Frogs ) and Tortoise there. White settlement changed that and the area was occupied by a few settlers. Industry transformed the place into poluted waste dump. Destroying what natural beauty there was. Then, as ecconomic rationalisation sent them packing to the new industrial estates linked by freeways, the area was left gasping for air for some years.
Reprieve came when the imagination of developers and architects rediscovered the area's potential. They removed the PCB's and other contaminents, cleared the land and started over. We now have a cosmopolitan area of expensive apartments and cafe's, marina's and parks. The Indiginous people have been remembered with token bronze plaques and some homage is paid ( though I can't think why ) to the factories and foundries. It's an improvement but..... From my book "Derbal Yaragan"
Except for the champagne cork,
The ice on the billiard baize could be snow.
A brook with the Captain's name trickles slow.
And sidewalk cafe's serve coffee to go
With cake and a plastic fork.
Despite the brick paving drape,
The occasional tree allowed to stay
With flowering shrub, compete with the grey
As they wrap and soften the glare by day
Of the concrete yuppyscape.
The crooked arm of the Swan,
Embraces the dreams of an architect.
The abusive history has little effect
A time when the landscape was totally wrecked
A vintage thankfully gone.
The stillness of the lakes,
Interrupted by concrete tortoise shells.
Placed also amongst ripples and swells.
Part of the story that Claisebrook tells.
During the journey it makes.
High density living now.
Units wrestle for river views.
Buildings clad with a thousand hues.
Luxury living with investment infuse.
The embankment's changed and how.
Improvement now at least,
Claisebrook flows unclogged by waste
The birds seem happy with berries to taste
And the long-term view uncorrupted by haste.
I wonder, are the djanka appeased?
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|Reviewed by Sally Odgers
|This is beautifully done, David; only one word out of place (and that's a matter of personal taste - we use "footpath" rather than "sidewalk" in Tassie. I'm sending the URL of this to some WA friends.
|Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader)
|Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya
|Descriptive write...i love this...BHUWAN|