Weekly Photo Challenge: Local


The Spouse this afternoon I noticed a local mother with babe-in-arms standing motionlessly at the foot of the Invercargill War Memorial. She didn’t seem to notice as I shot the snap—

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a decent period after she’d departed before wandering over t0 capture an angle I’d missed on previous visits.

I was feeling quite testy: I know that life goes on (and indeed it does, for We The Living) and that a hundred years ago (and face it, endlessly since) life stopped unjustifiably short for many millions.

So what?

Who cares?


lady thinking? Was the name of some relative inscribed there … or was she wondering if one day her own babe-in-arms might perhaps star in similar fashion?

I arrived and looked up.

A timely gust rattled a moving object and I noticed—

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—not far above my head a wee crucifix that someone had placed alongside the mindless graffiti of people too young to know and too thick to give a damn anyway.

I stepped back and angled upwards—

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—to score this view. And yes, I come here often—but never on show days, never when the bands are playing and the soldiers marching; never when theatricals peak with a trembling Last Post and strong men have tears in their eye.

When I visit it is as a thief in the night or as the young Mother with her child, and I depart as unobtrusively as I arrive—

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—while the beat goes on, verily …

… the beeeeeat goes onnnnnnnn


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