A MOSAIC OF EX-PLATE

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A surfer heads home Sunday Afternoon from New Brighton beach. Cape Byron Lighthouse visible in the distance over the northern breakwall of the Brunswick River, northern NSW, Australia.

Walking to an afternoon’s ocean swim through the beachside car park, two children and their mother skirt a flower of smashed ceramic, crunched by passing wheels into a smattering of small angular petals.

What was once a china plate decoratively mosaics the grey bitumen.  White pieces glinting hard-edged in the sun.

Daughter observes that her father has often driven off after leaving a plate of food on the roof.

Son says they even use a flattened fork, retrieved from the scene of one such domestic accident.  ‘Very flat,” he stresses.

Wryly their mother observes: “How very two dimensional of him.”

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