Flaneur: Weekly Discover Challenge


© irene waters 2016

People smile and say gud day

Friends gather, some picnic by the river

Others whisper secrets

Laughter everywhere.

The man with the frown, mouth drooping

Out of place

Met friends

Arms surround

He must have lost his mate.


© irene waters 2016

Old people abound

slowly on walkers, some with shuffling gait

Make their way

carefully along the uneven paths

They can still delight in their surrounds

their sight river bound

to where the children play

laughing gaily on the sand


© irene waters 2016

Lots of puppies, 

Using the same paths as the many bicycles.

Fitness fanatics and those who only dream

of bodies they will never see.

This place is a nice place to be

One it seems that one can be

whatever it is they wish to be.


In response to weekly Discover challenge where asked to be an unbiased observer where you live.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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5 Responses to Flaneur: Weekly Discover Challenge

  1. A well written poem on the thoughts of old and young, with the river being the star. :o)


  2. A poem evocative of where we’ve been, where we’re going, so well expressed, Irene. And the photos as just a bit of a reminder – well done all around.

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  3. A poignant, reflective piece. I love it!

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