Waxing lyrical about the River Torrens

More home notes*

Adelaide isn’t (quite) a coastal city.
Its centre is about fifteen kilometres away from the beach.
It was built on the banks of the River Torrens,
a river now not known for its cleanliness or beauty.


But any child who grew up in Adelaide has fond memories
of taking a trip on the Popeye,
and of feeding crusts of bread to the ducks,
and of going paddling with their parents on the paddleboats.


And on a dull grey autumn day, it seems to me —
all local sniggers and cringing aside —
that the river has its moments of beauty.


You think?

Every now and then, I like to post about the wonder of looking at my own home-town through a stranger’s eyes. Exploring home can be as exotic and joyful an experience as travelling abroad … if you let it.

3 thoughts on “Waxing lyrical about the River Torrens

  1. I like the idea of trying to see a familiar place with new eyes, though I don’t do it often enough. The Torrens may run clean once again. We have seen many rivers revived through The Clean Water Act of 1977, and some were really badly polluted. Is there similar laws in Australia?

    1. I’m not sure, Eliza. I certainly hope so. My partner, who is eight years older than me, has stories of swimming in the Torrens on hot summer days. Today’s kids would never be able to do that, for fear of getting toxic poisoning. Though the ducks and swans still swim there.

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