Apartment blocks around here are named Avoca,
St Albans, Cranbrook; businesses called Big John’s
Grill, Sasha’s Hair, and Kevin’s Barbershop do a slow
trade. Pasha’s Indian Restaurant is closed for good,
its windows curtained in last year’s tabloids.
In a nearby side street, a hoarder’s front yard attracts
flies, pigeons and feral cats. Ancient paths are masked
by concrete, sandstone steps, and guardrails; middens
cloaked in bitumen. The view from our holiday house
is superb. We can see the curved beach, storms coming
in from every direction.