YELLOW ROSES

She arranges yellow roses in the vase, thinking of how a friend gave her similar for her birthday some twenty-three years ago. She’d been recently divorced. Heart’s emptiness was there, happy to be pushed aside by big sunshine bright flowers, but not ready for red-tinged love. It was the day she gave up smoking and […]

A LONG WEEKEND IN WIDGET

Unzippering the main street, the motorbikes with modified mufflers throb into town and congregate at the local waterhole. Outnumbered by black leathers stretched over bellies, locals retreat to corners and shadows to contemplate custom and sip beers. Amongst the stovepipe thin are those that sport dark denim slung under verandahs that middle aged men acquire, […]

WIDGET’S VETERINARY CLINIC

Most residents develop an unhealthy intolerance to the town’s dusty speed limit. By day dogs roam town limits until they stagger through the door, having come within inches of catching ‘wheels disease’. The night’s cats, feral and suburban, are contained in cages where they defend a ton of spite with tense claws. Euthanasia is the […]

WAITING IN WIDGET

A bookish woman, Rosie conserved city manuscripts on weekdays and returned to Widget on weekends. An only child, her mission: to be wooed by the postmaster. They wandered the cold streets discussing most things, turning back before it was too late or dark. Reluctantly alone, she’d wend her way to her late parent’s timber-clad shack […]

ADDRESS: c/- THE WINDY GULLY COTTAGES, WIDGET.

Time had forgotten the scrap of paper once jammed under a board in the timber wall where tongue and grove didn’t quite meet.His tin mining grandfather lived here, where the wind whipped up the hillside in haste.Dwellings once huddled close to the colliery, perched as twilight swallows in the flame trees above the mountain road. […]

THE BIG, RED FERRIS WHEEL

Norbert Witte’s ‘Spreepark’, Berlin.   Caught behind Berlin’s wall, gangsters and carnies with bloodlines of lion tamers and continental gypsies created an island of funfair escapism. The wheel provided tantalizing glimpses westward over the dividing wall. Showman Norbert married the daughter of the dodgem cars while the Stasi overlooked radicalism under the wheel. The rollercoaster […]