Conversations I heard today

David G O'Sullivan

Today I walked from an underground carpark, to the main street, to a second-hand store, down to the library, to an arcade then I went to the river and took a swim. After that I went to a book store and then back to the car park. During this I listened for conversations that were happening around me or directed to me and here are the fragments.

As I left the underground carpark I went past the back of a cake store. Two men with heavy foreign accents were speaking.

“Why are there so many rats traps here?”
“For the rats.”

“Do they catch many?”
“They do, many. You would be surprised. Big ones, they clog up the traps.”

I kept walking, I went up to the main street, turned right and walked on.

Along the main street they were working on the sidewalk. Two old women were talking to…

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The clean rain, the factory roof.

David G O'Sullivan

The smell of spinach cooked on a cold evening,
the dying light disappearing down the drive.
Over the freeway and railway, over the hills,
the city;
glows in golden twinkles and the tall towers look like lighthouse on hills,
looking over the cold motherless sea.
I would lie awake in bed happy
that I was no ones boss yet still well considered.
Voices from the other houses around me,
children screaming,
women crying out.
A new woman has moved in near me and she is a beauty.
I watch her walk by my window, she passes at dawn.

I bicycle to work on those mornings,
the puddles on the path-
passing the factories, the freeway to my left,
the smell of spray paint and sewerage to my left.
The grey long warehouses
one had the temperature displayed about its main doors;
the number in bright red LED.
The sad faces…

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David G O'Sullivan

It has been a long hot summer here in Australia. There has been no rain for a long time and not only is it painfully hot, the ground outside is turning to dust and the trees are dying. Even now that Autumn has arrived, the heat is as high or higher than it was through summer.

The last few months, I have been editing my next novel, Anvil Soul, it is coming along very well and I am extremely happy with it. I have a great team behind me who give me advice, encouragement and helping me when things seems hard.

I am really looking forward to the winter. I hope it brings a lot of rain and cold weather. I watched a youtube video on happiness as it relates to the weather. It focused on hot days by the beach, blue skies and short happy warm nights. It was made…

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