I liked our suburb more when I was six.

There were trees and hills back then.

They’ve been chopped down and flattened

to make way for more roads and houses.

There’s lots of dust now.

There were no people working on the roads.

No men with signs saying STOP.

They put pipes where the creek was.

I don’t know where the swans have gone.

Our train station used to be close.

Now its moved and is further away.

We have to drive there now.

The land is being subdivided.

Noisy trucks and machines are working every day.

I use to like looking at the animals in the paddocks

now all I can see are bricks.

Yes, I liked it more when I was six.


Originally published by Sydney Youth Writing Competition Inc