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Howell’s Wind and Water Mill (Gasworks Bridge)
The Lonely Mill
In front of the lonely mill
A blue pearly lake laid still
The salty scent in the air
Where the breeze danced through so freely.
At the back of the lake,
A single mill stood, stationed
Atop a layered grassy land,
Surrounded by trees and houses.
A sight so calming and
Pleasing to the eye.
By Lina, 14 years old
Glossy, Calm Water Streamed Down
Glossy, clam water streamed down
Thick layer of soft grass brushed along my legs
Coat of warm sunshine covered me
Gust of wind whistled through my ears
Fluking down my spine
Behind the tree there it stood
Along the water’s bank.
By Shruti, 14 years old
Glistening Mirror-like Water Shimmers Proudly
Glistening Mirror-like water shimmers proudly
as light autumn breezes dance by.
Surprised ripples alarmingly multiply
wandering off and disappearing from the naked eye.
Oh, the murky waters below!
Reminiscence strikes at me like a charging bull
keeping me stuck in an endless loop replaying memories.
Soaring lights flash past as tears roll down in silence.
Bombarded with unbearable pain
Regretful sights of sorrow become unchained from their eternal prisons
“I’m sorry, father…”
Death was inevitable, his fate had already been sealed
Grasping, gasping, grieving.
By Cecilia, 14 years old
The Bridge That Stands Still
I tread past, on a crumbly path,
taking no heed of the scenery in front of me
as I arrive at the Gasworks Bridge.
Located on top of a lake
full of fish, full of life.
The criss-cross design
painted on the sides.
I finally notice the greenery around me.
The river beneath my feet
reflects the beautiful blue sky above,
the bridge that connects two sides
the people who walk over
the scenery that stands still
I slowly tip-toe to the end
turning my head, looking back
at the heavenly sight
That compels me, to stay.
By Lina, 14 years old
Parramatta River: To continue to the next historic location on the Parracons Poetry Path, head left, or west, along the path next to the south side of the river. Cross the river at the pedestrian bridge just beyond the ferry terminal. Continue to head west on the north side of the riverside path until you reach the second pedestrian bridge, called the Elizabeth Street Footbridge.