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Topic: STORM (10/05/17)
TITLE: Land Down Under
By vincent lyons
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Sweet smell of eucalypts—
The land down under’s Summer days
Performing to the script.
On distant hills the dreaded plume
As speeding sirens blare;
Ever growing grey mushroom,
Falling cinders everywhere.
Hot northerly’s force-feed the fire
The eucalypts explode;
Smoke and flames rise higher, higher—
It’s catastrophic mode.
With anxious hearts and bated breath
We watch the fire-front grow
Expanding fast in length and breadth
Beneath an eerie glow.
Against this monster’s grim advance
The firemen toil in vain;
They know they do not stand a chance
Without some flooding rain.
Down to the south and westward too
Banks of rising cloud ascend—
Perhaps a change is coming through—
“Oh rain you are our friend”.
Then from the south a sudden burst
A gusty cooling squall,
The direction of the fire’s reversed
Its progress quickly stalled.
A fearsome flash of blinding light
A massive thunder clap
As day is quickly turned to night—
The sky’s turned on the tap.
The clouds burst on the charcoaled ground
The hissing flames are quenched
The long parched land in torrents drowned
From raging fires to teeming skies—
Enigma we embrace--
The paradoxes that comprise
This vast divergent place.
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