Andy’s Block and Vines
A Caterpillar tractor
Pushes posts and tangled wire,
Niggling strainers from their footings,
Stacking bonfire piles
Topped with ragged drying racks
Left from another time.
Willy-willies whirl across the flat
Once cultivated vines.
Hard to see the rows of melons
In their irrigated lines.
Top soil and grasses graded,
Compacted parking bays and signs
And the restaurant and showrooms
Overlook a few solitary vines.
The house they’d dreamed and saved for
Deroofed with sightless doors and eyes;
Years of careful gardening
Undone in one mechanical swipe.
An auctioneer’s number’s on
The Massey tractor’s side
Other lots are laid out
In half a dozen lines
And a pile of memorabilia
Awaits a final fire.
John’s novel “The Ute” is now physical
> Available from Lulu.com in Paperback (pictured) for AU$24.99
> Now available at Lulu.com (Digital ePUB version) for AU$3.50
> Also available on iTunes and Barnes & Noble book stores.
> 1st edition of “The Ute” (34pp shorter) still available on Kindle (Kindle)
> For our US friends, A “ute” is a utility vehicle; a pickup truck.
|Pages||238pp||big writing 2000pp|
|Dimensions (cm)||14.81 x 20.98||4 dimensional|