In all innocence

This poem is the first in a series of poems about the great flood in Queensland in 2010/11 (you may have already read some of the other flood poems in previous blog posts).

In all innocence

We had river views and cafe latte,
renovated wool sheds and city cats.
We had Wivenhoe and victory
over nature and the flood plain,
a brave knight to fight our battles,
in valleys and hills, back there.
We had drought-desiccated memories
of the flood of ’74, and flood map
property searches (post Wivenhoe)
to make us buoyant.

Our Li-Lo was about to burst!

City Cat

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  1. ps. Wivenhoe is a dam that they built behind Brisbane after a huge flood in 1974 (it was supposed to ensure we would never have another flood like that one) – they had flood maps which estimated what the flood levels would be like (post Wivenhoe). It obviously wasn’t as effective as they thought it would be, because the flood of 2011 had levels just below 1974, but much more damage because of development and huge increases in the population of the city.

    A Li-Lo is a blow up air mattress 😉

  2. Living in Brisbane near the river and living in Eastern Japan have one thing in common. You will be flooded again some time.
    But you captured the laid back li-loed feeling of brisbane, a beautiful city in the flood free years.

    1. Thanks Stafford – I thought Brisbane would get flooded again, even with Wivenhoe – we used to live in a street in Auchenflower and it got flooded regularly (being almost on the same height as the river level) – this flood our old house got covered up to the roof.

  3. It’s hard to remember a place of devastation when everything is all beautiful and sunny. It’s like the same thing with moods: It’s impossible to remember exactly how it felt to be depressed when you are feeling fantastic, and so hard to prepare for it. No way THAT’S going to happen again!

  4. “drought-desiccated memories” – brilliant! Probably just as well otherwise we wouldn’t get on with life with renewed hope. Enjoyed all the wry word play in this poem

    1. Thanks bluebee (thanks for picking up on the ‘wry’ aspect – I am having a little dig at the cafe latte set who live it up by the river – haha – I always wanted to live in a renovated wool shed – they were the working wool sheds along the river, which are now very upmarket – but couldn’t afford too – now I’m glad I didn’t.) I am one of the people who worry all the time about disasters like the flood – and people are always telling me I am nuts to worry – hmmm!

    1. Thanks piedhillprawns. I think it is good that so much has been written about the floods – that’s what they did in olden days – document major events via poetry and drama 🙂 we must continue the tradition.

  5. I suppose that is the beauty and the terror of the river. It could turn on us at any time. I wonder if people’s memories are as short after the floods this year. The Li-Lo bursting is such a great and ominous image.

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