Hear My Cries...

Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2008) Hear My Cries... [Textual Work]

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The following story motivated me to write this poem.............................................. One early morning as I walked along the beach at Keppel Sands, Central Queensland (2001), I came across a very large dead cod that had washed up in the tide the night before. Each morning I walked along the shore of Darumbal Country (Rockhampton & Capricorn Coast Region)and looked out across the waters and islands of the Woppaburra (Keppel Islands). From the look of it, the great fish had been pulled up from the deep depths of Woppaburra waters by a big trawler and discarded. It had a large gapping hole in its flesh under its mouth and its eyes had popped. Pamela Croft rang the Livingstone Shire Council who were doing roadworks nearby and organised for a backhoe and a few of the workmen to help us move the fish. Pamela also had an idea of how to use the great fish in a piece of public art to restore its dignity. By the time the men and equipment arrived and the tide was right to access the fish, children had already poked sticks into its eyes and dogs had biten into its flesh. We placed the fish onto our trailer and drove out of town to the environmental park. We searched around for a place to lay the fish respectfully on the earth. We put it near an ants nest and covered it with chicken wire which we heavily weighted down to stop the dingos getting to it and ripping it apart. The next day a man knocked on my front door asking about the great fish. He wanted it's head to mount on a piece of wood for his bar. I sent him away. The breast plate of the fish has now been cast in bronze and it awaits a suitable public art project. Pamela Croft and I look forward to the day when the great fish will reside within the beach area of the Capricorn Coast again - the day when it will once again look out across Darumbal Country and Woppaburra Country.

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ID Code: 14955
Item Type: Creative Work (Textual Work)
Refereed: No
Published Source: Stylus Poetry Journal (31)
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Keywords: Cod, Groper, Keppel Sands, Capricorn Coast, Woppaburra, Darumbal, Poem
ISSN: 1447 1779
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Bronwyn Fredericks.
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:04

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