Darebin Creek Crimes, Reprise


Sometimes it was my turn
to buy the shilling’s worth
of broken biscuits
from the new Summerhill shops

then the Ryans and me
would cut through the last paddock
for a watermelon
and the buckshot over our heads

broke up like comets

entering the atmosphere

we caught yabbies with the tin
and our crumbs we reckoned
floated all the way to China

decades later I ran into Johnny

at northlands car park

he killed that nice Buchanan kid
the lone cashier at the Drive In
with a sawn off shottie
when he was fourteen

now he’s just a tatt on Aids

but we had a laugh
I remember you allright Jimmy
how you brought down dragonflies
spitting out those stolen pips

your aim was that good
yeah but I only got community service
his toothless gums so wide

I could’ve been a dentist

Published in Gargouille Issue 10 2019 edited by Wreford and Howell

Reservoir Drive In Settlement Road Thomastown

4 thoughts on “Darebin Creek Crimes, Reprise

      1. There was a reservoir drive-in in settlement road. I worked there in the early 70s coincidentally the manager at the time was Keith Walton


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