Our elderly suburb quietly
transforms as old unkempt
houses are trucked away one
by one from yesteryear’s
large sections leaving swathes
of empty ground to send up
rough clumps of herbiage
where vegetables once grew,
hens clucked, scratched for
juicy insects, tender shoots.
Bare soil with random concrete
blocks is all that remains
where family homes once stood.

Fruit trees covered with moss
leaves black with mildew
stand deserted near rickety
back fences, straggly hedges.

Many town dwellers no longer
grow their own food in
this helter skelter century.

Old houses lose their paint
are divided, rented out to
those who use them as a
base to sleep and eat until
at last they are jacked up on
to trucks, dispossessed from
their long time dwelling places.

Several little modern homes
are built on each section
with little earth of their own.


7 thoughts on “Houses

  1. There is something soul-cleansing about growing your own food in soil you’ve tilled and built up into a rich loam. People who’ve never experience the rich earthiness of freshly dug soil have missed one of the great joys of life! Harvesting those vegetables you’ve grown yourself is another.

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  2. Coming from a bricks and mortar country, I’m amazed that people truck away old homes. Our first house was built in 1877……….

    ….and I agree about growing food — although I’m currently knee deep in raspberries and making Jam as fast as I can!

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    1. There was so much wood readily available when European settlers first arrived here through the 19th century, then as earthquakes showed themselves wood became even more popular as shattered wood kills less often than shattered masonry. Old houses are chopped in half then taken away on two trucks.
      Good luck with the jam. I remember it always happened at the hottest time of year when Mum made it in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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