Repeat repeat

September 23, 2008

A man in his late 50s, cropped grey hair, tanned and lined face, classic bushman. New jeans, faded denim shirt, Peruvian-style woven waistcoat, dust-caked work boots. Left hand to right ear, mobile talking. Right hand fumbling for a pen in his shirt pocket. He stops next to a tree in the cafeteria forecourt (I’m sitting at a table 6 feet away, nursing a mocha), kneels, says “Right, go on” then notes down a number on the raised edge of the tree’s concrete planter. He says “Right” again then walks away. 3636 5325, a hospital number, contoured in black fibre ink over the pebbled concrete. Ten minutes later he comes back, sits on the planter’s edge next to the number, rings it; no reply, hangs up, walks away.

Nature boy

August 14, 2008

Mother nature in the City, on the pavement, in the gutter: a crushed Powerade bottle coated in fractal-frost, miniscule growths of coral-ice. Ghastly-gorgeous up close, but in rapid passing giving it only theĀ appearance of an old brown furred sock. Further along, pigeons at the road edge pecking at crusted vomit.