I watched them pull out the heavy-tailed reptile from the murky water. I watched its shape sprawled out on the bank of the canal bordering the creek. The others were watching it too - tense, anxious, all of us children. Our hearts palpitated. We looked around at each other, expectant, wondering what would happen next. Then the adults took over.
Dabydeen, Cyril, Ritual of fire, Kunapipi, 3(1), 1981.