Memories float like whispers,
tattered dreams of distant times.
An echo of childish laughter
trips down towards the creek.
The thump of the pump in the old tin shed
laid to rest in a rusty bed.
The gurgle of the creek calls me on,
the forgotten allure of Marmite and watercress sandwiches.
The hay barn where dust motes
danced in shafts of light
and the old abandoned cowshed –
Destroyed on a path to progress.
But in my dreams, a little girl
who looks a lot like me
still searches for goose eggs to take home for Mother
and sits in the feijoa tree
and dares the world to steal her dreams.