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A Christmas tear

Updated on December 18, 2016

Brisbane 2011 flood train driver

Christmas 1974 flood images

1974 flood imagine standing under more than 7 meters of water
1974 flood imagine standing under more than 7 meters of water | Source
1974 flood imagine the fun we had. BUT what happens next shocked us.
1974 flood imagine the fun we had. BUT what happens next shocked us. | Source
1974 flood imagine what happens next?
1974 flood imagine what happens next? | Source

1974 floods Oxley with tears

I write this poem ode after having gone through a number of floods and being greatful to have come out virtually unscathed. That is aside from the emotional scarring, which will probably haunt me for many years to come.

I know to some this poem or ode may seem to rhyme. The reason for this was at the time, it was the only thing that helped stop me from crying. Though I can't remember much detail from the time, the more I thought the more the tears would well. I guess my sub concious was taking me straight back to the hell.

I had a strange feeling almost twelve months ago to the day, a nagging and nawing that just wouldn't go away. Again in Christmas 2010 2011 January an almost identical flood happened. When I heard the news the fear and dread, I was almost out of my head when, I couldn't get my family on the phone,. That is part the reason why I dedicate this work to the flood victims of Australia.

PLUS I am so greatful the Salvation Army was able to help my family, in the begining of 2011 my wife & I were able to donate 40+ kilo of clothes, home made soap, toys and other stuff to the Salvation Army Brisbane flood appeal.

I have to give credit to alwaysexploring for inspiration of this hub, whilst reading from the title "A poem,Christmas bells were ringing"

Flood getting there

I KNOW I know you want to read the ODE

OK here it is plus more pics

Iam not trying to be a professional here, I am just an average Joe who has been there and done it several times in 40 plus years. I am not giving any medical, nutritional or any advice requiring a licence.

So if you have a health problem see a doctor. I can not be held responsible for any sore botties or damage you do, to yourself or others. Or if the sky falls etc etc.

1974 floods in Oxley Brisbane 4075

The 1974 flood is now round 2 metres higher than the previous photo
The 1974 flood is now round 2 metres higher than the previous photo | Source
The 1974 flood almost at peak level
The 1974 flood almost at peak level | Source

A Christmas tear

Christmas, the year 1974,
was fast approaching to our door

We were not rich,
We were not poor

What happened next,
left us in awe

Little did, we all know,
Twas the year, A Christmas tear would flow

Twas only just, my fifth year,
The first time for me A Christmas tear

Australia was the place that year,
Who would shed A Christmas tear

Cyclone Tracey tore our homes apart,
Along with them so was my heart

Just a little blonde boy, who knew no bad,
The christmas that year, he knew only sad

The petrol drums banging, the floor underneath,
whilst creaking from water, trying to breech

The howling, the cracking, the ripping and tearing,
the ever rising water, was just so scaring

Twas over almost as fast it begun

Then a strange thing happened,
to which we were stunned

The hand outs, help and mateship, it went on for weeks,
finally, had brought, a smile to our cheeks.

2011 Possible Flood

I just found out this year in December 2011 so far we have had 3.2 ml more rain than last year. I hope we certainly don't have another repeated flood :-|

After thoughts

Every time at the end of the year
As the season draws ever near
Inside of me the dreaded fear
Another cyclone season cometh near

From one day unto the next
I am constantly perplexed
Just how we made it
From one day to the next.

In closing

To the volunteers. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation and I'm sure that my family will join me to for the fact you helped save us from hell. I can now appreciate the tireless work you performed and I thank you.

1974 Flood

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    • Moon Willow Lake profile image

      Moon Willow Lake 

      6 years ago

      I have never been in a flood either, and cannot imagine what it would be like. I hope things calm down there, and I celebrate you are OK after all that. Please do take care.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      YES I know the feeling every time I here a possible flood warning my brain ticks over to alert mode wondering if everything is going to turn out OK Sorry to hear you were in a similar predicament

    • ausis profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you to all the kind people who keep posting comments I have to say your supportive words are very comforting & an extra thank you Minnetonka & Kashmir

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for sharing this very beautifully written poem,sorry to hear about the floods there where you live.Glad to hear you and loved ones are well.

      Vote up !!!

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful poetry and I am so sorry to hear of the floods there. How traumatizing!

    • ausis profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much Eiddwen pennyofheaven & Sueswan you're all so kind here so much so I can only think of the words i am thankful &greatful for your being. Your very thoughtful & kind words made me want to write more & add more to but I am at a loss for words.

      The truth is I thought of doing the ode only a half hour or there abouts before I published it. This just goes to show the truth is easier to speak than a lie, and will touch the hearts of those who gaze upon it.

      I also thought this would be a fitting tribute to the poor people whose lives were devastated or severly affected by the latest lot of Queensland floods. I just wish I could have done more than donated the 45 plus kilo of clothes, games & toiletries.

      In fact I wanted to volunteer to help clean up but the government wouldn't let me due to the fact I am blind and have no drivers license.

      I have to go now, would like to say more but I am almost in tears from the memories flooding Back. NO pun intended...

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      6 years ago

      Hi Ausis

      "Just a little blonde boy, who knew no bad,

      The christmas that year, he knew only sad"

      My heart broke when I read these words.

      The hand outs, help and mateship, it went on for weeks,

      finally, had brought, a smile to our cheeks.

      It's good to be reminded of the kindness of others.

      Voted up and beautiful

      Take care

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      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Truly amazing the strength of the human spirit. Your poetry demonstrates this very well. The strength of those who endured and those who helped one another throughout. Awesome poem!

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for sharing this great hub which I am sure says so much about you as a writer.

      I cannot imagine what you went through but by sharing as well as helping yourself you also help others who are going through the same.

      I now look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care and enjoy your day ,


    • ausis profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Australia

      If the world was full of people like you it would be a much nicer place. Thank you so much for your kind comments always exploring.

      Not to over shadow the above BUT...

      I am in the front of the boat in the 1st photo

      The 2 blondes are Jason & Natasha Baxter

      and my sister on the right

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I've never been in a flood. I know it must have been devastating, Esp. to a child. Your poetry is lovely and touching. I'm humbled at the mention of my hub, thank you. May you have a peaceful Christmas..Cheers

    • ausis profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for the lovely comments you are all to kind. I am grateful to have such experts like you give that kind of praise. Thanks again

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      My heart went out to you reading this poem ausis, I just cannot imagine what you went through, I am very fortunate I have never experienced anything like this here in the UK.

      Thank you for sharing and voting up.

      I wish you peace and happiness this Christmas, best wishes MM

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      What a Beautiful, Heartfelt Poem Ausis. We live by Jersey Shore and had to leave this past year because of Hurrican "Irene". Thank God, we came home to everything being ok, for we are surrounded on one side by the Bay and the Ocean. We had NO Flooding. I too Voted this Poem of yours UP!

      I look forward to Following your Hubs.

    • ausis profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Australia

      A Big Thank you it is great praise from you being such a respected Hubber

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub. I think most of the world has had floods this year including us here in Las Vegas Nevada but no where near as bad you Australia.

      Vote up and interesting.


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