John was born and raised in Australia. Subsequently, he is interested in all things Australian: language, sport and culture.
A Small Town - Somewhere Between Here and There
I've lived in small towns for most of my life,
The city just cannot compete.
The hustle and bustle just holds no appeal,
When relaxed and serene I'm at peace.
There is one small town that I visit each month,
It's nestled amidst trees of green.
I sit in the park observing the birds,
So beautifully tranquil the scene.
Amenities are few, but people are too,
At least they provide basic needs.
Who needs traffic jams, and city nightlife,
Or fast food and take-out for feeds?
I can write if I want or catch up on a book,
Or just recline back for a snooze.
There's never a rush or a deadline to make
So I really have nothing to lose.
My little dog Ginger just goes with the flow,
No protest or complaint does she make.
She goes for a run or soaks up some sun,
Our friendship is all give, no take.
Proston is the name of the town that I speak,
On most maps it may not appear.
It's not on a highway or even a bi-way,
And is somewhere between here and there.
Proston is a small historic township supporting local residents, farms, and Lake Boondooma (popular for boating, fishing, and various water sports). It is located in South Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia.
Proston has a variety of stores including a post office, grocery store, pub/hotel (Golden Spurs), chemist, medical centre, hardware, cafe, clothing store, church, and library and according to the 2016 census had a population of 379 people.
Proston was originally part of the historic grazing station ‘Wigton.' Earliest settlement occurred in 1910, mainly by English and German migrants. Life was extremely hard for these inexperienced settlers, with lack of water a paramount handicap.
© 2019 John Hansen