21 Jan 2011


The floods across Australia prompted me to pen this poem and brings to mind what type of country Australia is, it's harshness and unforgiving climate.
Along with the tough times it gives us, we except the wonderful weather, look forward to the softness of the rain, the crunch of frost under our feet, the sunshine, our wonderful beaches and big sky.


When the rain came, it was loud on the tin roof
It reassured us, we hadn't heard it for quite a while
The sound of it's footprints sounded good
Then we knew the draught was dead
It was good, we didn't mind
But it didn't stop this rain we'd missed
It just kept coming, coming on
We heard the noise of water running
Coming down the mountains, filling up the streams
It was coming our way, we could tell
Creeks were rising, rising a lot
Fences were swallowed as if never there
Just short stumps poking through the air
The shed went away, with all in side
The old hay baler, the bloody old truck too
Then the hay bales, we lost the lot
We're still okay though, no ones hurt
Then it happened the house started to lurch
It rose up, moved this way and that
The door flew open water rushed in
That really good water when it came in
Was not so friendly, as it had been
It wasn't kind, it picked us up, threw us around
This water wasn't kind it wasn't good
We clung to whatever we could find
Just staying alive was on our mind
Then all became quiet, then quite still
Was this the end, the end of ourselves
We looked out on the scene that was left
We were lucky, luckier than most
We had one another, we were left
Then the sun came up and the ground was wet
The draught was gone, we were all that was left
Then we realised just what it means
A sun burned country a land of flooding rains
 Fires that we battle, over and over again
We know it is our heritage, it is just our lot
It's the land we know, we love it, even when it hurts
Our land is this Australia, we'll never do a swap

S W T Read  Jan 21/  2011


1 comment:

  1. Come on Aussie come on come on ... come on Aussie come on !!!!


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