Pull Over Rider – An Apocalypse for the journey between home & the university

Pull over rider

Pull over rider

Pull over inker-man

This is a test of man-hood

Describe an arc

From the larger to the smaller ring

Include feats of strength and agility

Tumbling

Jumping

Swinging a stiffened possum skin

Singing

Pull over rider

 

Ride over pul El Schonell

This is a test of el written skill

A test of el mathematic el Cerebr el pul ji

Over.

Help.

 

Pull over rider

‘Hi.’

Pull high over

The road out of town

This is a test of grafting

Of crafting a thorny crown

Look! No hands!

A test of bridges falling down

Hari pul

Over.

The apocalyptic genre of literature is an unveiling or a ‘revelation’ of what may be well seen but not well perceived.   Rather than being a prediction of the future, it includes a vision of the present and an acknowledgement of the past. In the absence of change, it is reasonable to expect the future to look like the present, and the present to look like the past. The following notes may assist in seeing the above apocalypse as an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’.

There are 2 bridges between my house and the University of Queensland. They are the Hawthorne St bridge and the Eleanor Schonnell Bridge (a.k.a. the Green Bridge).

This apocalypse is written to a people, including my own children and the children of the British colonies, who have an affiliation with India. In Hindi and Urdu languages, ‘pul’ means ‘bridge’, and ‘hari’ means ‘green’.

Eleanor Schonell’s biography is available at Australian Dictionary of Biography

Hawthorne St is labeled as ‘Government Road’ on an 1880 map of Woolloongabba, which is held in the John Oxley Library. In the absence of information explaining why Government Road was re-named Hawthorne St, I acknowledge that the Hawthorne bush is rich in symbolism in the Northern Hemisphere. Some traditions associate the bush with the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus. According to legend, a graft of this was taken to England. Some traditions associate the bush as a hedge with the boundary of land ownership.

I am seeking a confirmation which links James Gibbon’s land interests with the naming of Hawthorne Street as there are co-incident Hawthorne and Gibbon Streets both in Woolloongabba and Teneriffe where Gibbon purchased land titles.

The Hawthorne St Bridge spans a chasm that was previously occupied by a street called Inkermann St. I perceive, perhaps incorrectly, that Inkermann St was one of the many memorials to the Crimean War in the Woolloongabba/South Brisbane area.

The Hawthorne St Bridge maintains a corridor from the Trinity Anglican church and the Reid St. The historian, Ros Kidd, has identified that there was a bora ring on either side of what is now this bridge. The journey between the two bora rings may have been part of some sort of test of manhood for the Traditional Owners of the land I now call ‘home’.

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