Saturday, August 30, 2008

The office


I've learnt how to take night shots successfully at last. So here is the office that glistens from my balcony each night -- only one tenant seems to be green-aware.

I must confess that even though I am fond of the shifting display from the room with a view I would really prefer to be back in the leafy green of my mountain home.

Musing:
From Clancy of the Overflow by Banjo Paterson
"I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all.

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

And I somehow fancy that I'd like to change with Clancy,
Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
While he faced the round eternal of the cashbook and the journal -
But I doubt he'd suit the office, Clancy, of "The Overflow".

1 comment:

  1. Joan,

    I came across your blogs by accident while looking for a photo of wattle - I live in the Middle East and get homesick for the extraordinary beauty.

    Thank you for the wonderful photos and poetry.

    Simone (simoneinqatar.blogspot.com)

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