BundyA strange name, by Fathers choice.
A name of rum, that which he didn’t drink.
Bundaberg, the polar bear.
Retriever, Labrador, what else was unclear.
The face of a bear and mane of a lion.
The once golden fur drained to yellows, whites.
The once bounding legs now rickety, frail.
The heart his only constant, The only gold that didn’t fade
Never wavering, never failing, with his bodies recession.
Once off the lead he plodded over
The cold water of mid-spring, he didn’t care.
He stood in the shallows. Bent his legs. carefully. sat.
Turned his head. searching. calm water. good, he hated waves.
A huff of breath, a splash of water, now he lay in the wet.
Lowered his head. Swishing the water. left. right. left again.
A huff with each movement. right. left. and right. Stop. Head up, dripping.
You done boy? He worked backward quickly, eager. Sitting again.
He pushed upwards. slow. wavering.
Colossal effort for such an action.
He stood. He moved. Sw
Played AwayPick guard worn, overused.
Let down for a moment.
Left ripe for plucking.
Strings of lost lustre.
Once played without end.
Out of tune from the world.
As my love simply played away.
Frets themselves in a fret.
No bridge to keep the strings at bay.
They fly and tangle in my throat.
Tossed aside to find another
A broken guitar to play. another day.
A broken guitar. to be played away.
Sleepless NightsI lay awake, no rest in stead
The hours pass with no progress
Ideas and thoughts swirl in my head
They stick in waves with no recess
Each thought as useless as the last
Rehearsing’s that never will be
Recall the mistakes of my past
If only sleep would set me free
I toss and turn no end in sight
I beg for silence in my mind
Hot and bothered by the night
Too many hours left behind
Oh why must time be so astray
When sleepless nights do come my way
SpeechThe sounds of the chattering students died out as the teachers gained their attention. The assembly had begun. A large bellied, bearish looking bearded man introduced himself as Mr Warren. He would be running todays proceedings. Backstage there were 15 others in the running for prefect, and I couldn’t hear much of what was being said, but that didn’t matter. We all felt the nerves. Most had their speeches at hand, many crumpled and worn from constant fidgeting or relentless rehearsals. Mine was no exception.
The large square white brick room was enough for all 16 of us, plus the props, stage gear and musical equipment that lined the walls. The air was thick and cold with our swirling emotions. It made time slow to a crawl, and the room seem cramped and hard to breathe despite its size, but the most obvious effect was the silence. Other than the occasional shuffle of feet or crinkle of paper, along with the odd cough or sniffle, the room was completely silent. Each and every
WaitingCountless cars pass and you continue to wait. The metallic bench you sit on has become warm from your time there and the smell of the petrol fumes has long since become unnoticeable, the sound of the highway drains out as you begin to daze, reflecting on the day that passed. You know it’s your fault you have to wait; you took too long and missed the bus. Now you have a solid hour to wait. All the busses on this route go your way, so any of them will do. Your thoughts are broken by a loud horn, a large truck rumbles past and the smell of petrol fumes returns to your attention. You crinkle your nose in discomfort. You’re frustrated, but only have yourself to blame.
Your book springs to mind, you open your bag, eager for something to pass the time. Nothing. You remember a moment from that morning; you thought about taking your book with you, but didn’t think you would need it. You curse under your breath and close your bag. You let out a long sigh and sit back. The back