by David Leigh
Sunday, February 23, 2003
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written in Fremantle when I worked there. This is where the ships landed to settle the Swan River Colony. A fitting end for my book "Derbal Yaragan"
Dust settles on the limestone, below the Roundhouse,
Following the Doctor's gust.
The Tram Station remembers a bygone age
Of passion, greed and lust.
The Riverside looks quite different now
Than it did in nineteen O'three.
But still the ships and the people come
To visit Victoria Quay.
The architecture remains, throughout the west end,
A statement to yesterday's wealth.
What memories are held within those walls,
Such stories they could tell.
Lives and loves and tragedies played out
In the pantomime of life.
Many an innocent soul snubbed out
By a merchant seaman's knife.
Today the streets echo a different sound
Than the melody of before.
No longer the trams and horse-drawn carts
Laden with wool to store.
The Irish music still plays at night
In the National Hotel.
And early on Sunday morning
You can hear the Church tower bell.
But cars and buses and people stream
Through South Terrace and Market Street.
The shop fronts pump with colour and light,
And music of a different beat.
The flat whites pour on the Cappuccino strip
In Gino's, Old Papa's, the Dome.
Everyone reaches for their pocket or bag
At the sound of a mobile phone
Little do they care for the history of the town
As they sip their wine at night.
Too busy people watching. "She looks good".
Or. "Doesn't he look a sight".
People gave their lives for this town
And you can hear their ghosts at night.
In Mouat Street or Cliff Street
Or by the South Mole light.
I've known you Freo for a very short time
But I love you just the same.
With a passion as strong and deeply felt
As the man's who gave you his name.
The Italians, the Croats, the Irish, the Brits
Still live here like before.
Decedents, new comers, tourists the like.
All welcome through Fremantle's door.
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|Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa
|A well written piece. Bravo!|
|Reviewed by jude forese
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|A glorious piece that took me to a place I've never been, for which I thank you . Perhaps I'll plan a trip;-)thanks for sharing!|
|Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
a beautiful imagery ladden journey of peace. from your heart.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Fantastic write this is David....and o my Golly's what a beautiful piece of art
|Reviewed by Malachy MacFarlane (Reader)
|I too love Freo, an incredibly beautiful place, you capture its true essence with your words! Mal.|
|Reviewed by Christine Morell
|Thank you for transporting me there. A wonderful poem.
|Reviewed by Kay P Devenish
I loved this heaps!
|Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader)
|It is a beautiful place and I love the people there. I dream of taking my wife and daughter there before I croak, I also love Sydney and Queensland, I love to ride the double decker bus, and surf the waves. I think in a past life I was an Aussie.|
|Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader)
|Fantastic write this is David..... I adore Freo!!....and I've had more than one drink in Rosie O'Gradys (sp???). Now you're getting reallll close to my home..;) Dani|