Small Town Fantasies

Poet's Notes


Woodford is a small town in country Queensland and, there really is a green produce store called Grapelands.  The owner is an Elvis Impersonator who sings Elvis songs as you shop for vegetables.

It is a popular stop for Tour buses.  



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It makes a heart glad to know 
there are still, small country towns 
like Woodford, where homes 
with large old trees, 
sit scattered between small shops
and local businesses
To think the spirit of Elvis exists 
in a greengrocers’, called, “Grapelands.”
‘Elvis Parsley’ swivelling his hips
amongst the carrots and parsnips
imitating “Blue Suede Shoes."
I select a punnet of strawberries
as a smile slips out at the absurdity,
of how, some live out their fantasies
“Blue blue “…you can do anything
I cross the street to check out 
a “Second-hand” furniture store.
It is closed so I cup my hands
and peer through the window.
A group of old, store mannequins
piques my interest, draped in 50’s fashions
It seems like a time warp, as there
are no opening hours posted on the door.
I wonder if the mannequins 
are an eccentric collection,
or, if they were for sale,
which one, I would buy,
The one, with eyes, demurely cast down,
or, the arm-less one, 
looking enviously past her
Back on the street, I inhale sun-warmed earth,
as I walk past a garden’s bright picket fence.
A shiny black crow flaps up, startled.
Suddenly I smell, what the scent of home
is like, for someone else.

For My Kind of Town Contest
Janis Thompson

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Date: 2/18/2017 10:14:00 AM
Such an irrepressible, quaint picture of small town life, Suzanne. Fabulous imagery painted by this poem. Btw... is Queensland a province in Australia or New Zealand? Curious to know. Anywho ... a thoroughly delightful trip of a poem. Love and smiles to you.
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Date: 2/18/2017 11:04:00 AM
Glad you enjoyed it, Freddie: Queensland is a NorthEast State of Australia. Beautiful coastal white sandy beaches. The Great Barrier Reef stretches all along the coast, The hinterland is fertile cattle and agricultural farms. I miss it in many ways but am back living in the USA,
Date: 11/12/2016 1:37:00 PM
so glad to read you again, suZ... what a pleasant, interesting array of images.. a winner for me.. huggs
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