Summer Reading: Inglewood

JOHN WALKER is 53 years old and lives in Inglewood. He started writing poetry 18 months ago – proving it’s never too late to start – and reckons it’s become fun, therapeutic and expressive. “I have two rescue cats, two fish tanks and about 300 plants in my three-bed villa in ‘The Avenues’ of Inglewood,” he tells us. “I’ve lived in Mt Lawley and Inglewood for 13 years now and I wouldn’t live anywhere else, I love it here, especially the Inglewood village life.”

He wrote this poem, Inglewood, the week the local Bunnings burned down. Passionate for its return at the time, John says he’d now be happy with the new proposed Woolworths development.

Inglewood

Our hood

My hood

Clocktower

Tyrepower

IGA gone

Aldi

Bring it on

Soon

Please

For the ease

For Us!

No fuss

Less travel

No ravel

My side

Just build it

NOW!

Monday night markets

People galore

Thousands

Food vans

Folk explore

Eat

Embrace

Happy faces

Full tummies

Yummies

Then!!

Smoke

Boom

Bang

Gloom

Damn

Bam

Fire

Galore

Bunnings

It stood the testament of time

Since 195?

WHAT?

It fell to its knees

No more

Beloved

Embraced

Local

Focal

Central

Friendly

Favourite

Embraced

By the community

But on that night

Of the markets

In March 18

The smoke

The fire

The flame

The flume

The fury

Chemicals

Insane

We have lost

Our centre

Of flowers

And potting mix

The Saturday morning fix

Tradies

Gardeners

Renovators

Painters

Wanderers

Wannabees

It burnt

Down in flames

Fast furious

Insane

On that Monday night

I saw the sirens

Flashing lights

Sky red

Unspoken

Be said

Be sad

Road blocks

Firemen insight

Red lights

As I drove down

Our beloved Beaufort St

To see

So sad

So mad

It’s mad-ness

Please rebuild

For US

Not for you

We embrace

Our avenues

Our 8th Ave Bunnings

Where it belongs

Always singing its song

Happily

For decades and years

We don’t want to drive

The busy roads

To Morley

Or Baysie

Or Ozzy park.

Madness

Think of us

Little us

BIG us

That fills your coffers

Don’t be scoffers

Inglewood

My hood

Our hood

Rebuild

Behold

Rejoice

Embrace

Respect

Support

Our

Beautiful

Amazing

Embraced

Little hood

Called Inglewood

C’mon Wesfarmers

Don’t be alarmist

Don’t be greedy

Support the man

The little man

The corner man

The mortgage man

The big man

The happy spender man

Who feeds you

Supports you

Embraces you

Profits you

Loves you

Stay local focal

Be strong

Don’t do US wrong

Hood

Inglewood

My beloved hood

My hood

Embrace

Love

Our village

Our culture

Us

Beloved

Don’t desert us

Rebuild

Hold your field.

Man up

Bunnings

Rebuild

Be love

Embrace

US!!

Our hood

My hood

Inglewood!!

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