9.The Town I Loved So Well: Images of Gawler SA.

July 30, 2017

 Gawler Railway Station - Nineteenth Street (Completed 1879)

 

Gawler Railway Station (c 1885)

 

 Gawler Railway Station (c 1895)

 

Gawler Railway Staff - March 1973

 

 Original Locomotive built by James Martin (c 1890s)

 

 

Railway Station Early Morning

 

Sun has freed a flock of mottled pigeons

from night rafters beneath the station roof

 

now they peck along the iron rails

finding between small stones a lean breakfast

 

metal fences, benches and hand rails

still wear a thin patina of dew

 

no one has stepped yet into fares and distance

the timetable of synchronised connections

 

and the stations of events and expectation

only the rhythmic nodding of a pigeon head

 

the slow dusting of light on a few itinerant trees

the platform morning swept, before stilled air

 

is shaken in a long steady thunder of the 5.52

and pigeon wings climb invisible rungs to safety.

 

Jeff Guess

 

 

Railway Station

 

A careful construction of old red clinker bricks

the crumbling architecture of what it takes

 

to measure transience

counting passengers in and out

 

from a platform where the train that is arriving

is already returning - sliding back into itself

 

in the slip case of illusion and the clock

that holds it to a timetable

 

of signals and bells

the nods and winks of an old conducting

 

and a muffled speaker box that has always

promised, beyond fares a kind of certainty

 

after two centuries of small hedge sparrows

pecking up this pale afternoon sun again.

 

Jeff Guess

 

Statue of James Martin (1821-1899)

 

 

©Jeff Guess 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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