Tick tick tick tick tick tick, tick tick
pop hiss chink gurgle
crunch pop hiss gurgle chink
sizzle crackle crunch sizzle crackle
buzz crunch buzz buzz chink
pop hiss buzz crunch crackle sizzle buzz buzz
- Kate Jenkins
TASK - use the words 'crunch, gurgle and tick'
He stamped his foot, over and over. With a heavy crunch his boot broke through the hard layer of ice and slipped on the wet clay beneath. Time was slipping away, tick tick, tick tick, and his anxiety levels were peaking. Somewhere under here the burst pipe was draining all the water from the tank – water he needed for the winter cleanup of the cowshed. He only had five cows but they made an awful mess when being milked. He had to wash down and sweep the shed floor dry before all the poo froze to it. Tick tick, tick tick. After breaking two square metres of ice he found a flow of water, and, stamping harder, he followed the course of the pipe back up the yard to a split, where the water gurgled quietly out and spread onto the ground. He glared at the split then took his spade and carefully dug around, above and beneath the burst pipe. He’d expected more water to be spurting out, not just this slow flow. Wrapping his hands around the pipe above and below the break he found it solid with ice inside, bulging with frozen power. He wiped the pipe clean and wrapped the break with tape then, in the kitchen he took warm water from the kettle and returned to the yard to pour it carefully around the freezing ice, starting at the bottom to let the water flow again.
Three meters down the yard, where he had first stamped his foot, a small stream of water gurgled upwards.- Kate Jenkins